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Born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford / University of Limerick Graduate / Computer Programmer / Allotment Lover / Photographer / Massive Traditional Irish Music Fan / Potato Lover / Irish Mythology Enthusiast / Whiskey Collector and Connoisseur. I built The Irish Place to share my love of the culture I grew up in. My hope is that those with Irish ancestry and can learn about their heritage... and all those planning to visit the beautiful landscapes of the Emerald Isle, with its rich and ancient culture can quench their thirst for knowledge here. Feel free to get in touch. I read every email! Sláinte
Tobernalt Holy Well

10 Key Guidelines for Visiting Sacred Sites

No visit to the Emerald Isle is complete without a visit to some of the country's religious sacred sites. For many tourists, in fact, one...
The ruins of Killilagh Church in Doolin, Co. Clare.

Conserving Killilagh Church and Doolin’s Historic Monuments

The parish of Killilagh is located in the north-west corner of the Barony of Corcomroe in County Clare, Ireland. A small and sparsely populated parish,...
Irish Barmbrack traditionally baked for Halloween - The Irish Place

Barmbrack: A Taste of Irish Halloween

To find the roots of Halloween in Ireland, and the traditional eating of delicious barmbrack bread, we need to travel back to Celtic times...
Precursor to the carved Pumpkin, a Turnip - The Irish Place

Samhain and the Legend of Jack O’Lantern

Samhain was a pagan festival dating from Celtic times in Ireland. It is referenced in some of the country's very earliest literature and has many...
Halloween Scene Display - The Irish Place

An Samhain: The Celtic Roots of Halloween

Samhain is a Gaelic festival, which marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the...
The Hag of Beara also known as An Cailleach Beara.

The Cailleach Béara or the Hag of Béara

The Cailleach Béara is also known as the Hag of Béara, 'Cailleach' being the Gaelic word for a hag or old crone. One of the...
Cathal Harkin of the Paddy Ryan Band on Tin Whistle

Whistle While You Work – The Irish Tin Whistle

The Irish tin whistle is one of the instruments most synonymous with Irish traditional Music, and its simple design belies the beauty of the...
A selection of some Premium Irish Whiskies - The Irish Place

Upturn in the Rocky History of Irish Whiskey

The whiskey sector in Ireland is experiencing a huge resurgence right now, exports increased by an estimated 8% in 2016 to €505 million (US$537m) and...
Peter Byrne (right) and Conor Mahony (left) performing on the White Horse stage at the 2017 Doolin Folk Festival for the launch of their CD, Land and Sea - The Irish Place

Dream Folk Collaboration: Peter Byrne and Conor Mahony

'Land and Sea' is the atmospherically titled inaugural album by Conor Mahony (guitar) and Peter Byrne (vocals). Launched on the Whitehorse Stage at the Doolin...
Sharon Shannon with 'The Sharon Shannon Band' at the Doolin Folk Festival 2017 - The Irish Place #doolinfest #theirishplace

Sharon Shannon: Genre-Defying Irish Musician

Sharon Shannon grew up as part of a musical family in Ruan, County Clare. She is renowned throughout Ireland and far beyond both for her...

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