Dún Bhaloir – Balor’s Fort – The Anvil, Tory Island, Co Donegal

From its craggy cliffs to its wind-beaten shores, Ireland has long exuded an aura of mystery and magic. Its culture and traditions have been forged from a unique mixture of warrior ballads, clan sagas, fairy tales, and bardic narratives. A magnificent combination of myth, legend, and historic fact embroiders the very fabric of Irish culture. […]

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Today in Irish History – 14 January:

1753 – Death of George Berkeley, Irish philosopher and Anglican. 1775 – John Hely-Hutchinson, Provost of Trinity College, fights a duel with William Doyle over abusive newspaper articles. Doyle is ill and has to lean on a crutch at the duel; on being challenged he had initially complained of sore eyes, and ‘objected to stand […]

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Oíche mhaith agaibh. Goodnight from Stair na hÉireann.

‘Animosity, resentment and envy doesn’t affect the heart of others – it only affects your own.’ Summit of Slieve Binnian, Mourne Mountains, Co Down, Captive Landscapes by Stephen Emerson. The optical illusion known as ‘Brocken Spectre’ is caused by atmospheric conditions casting the person’s shadow creating an apparition with a rainbow coloured halo.

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Today in Irish History – 19 December:

1751 – The Irish Parliament authorises application of a revenue surplus to the reduction of the national debt which causes a dispute between the House of Commons and the Government. 1813 – Thomas Andrews, scientist and research chemist, is born in Belfast. 1864 – Birth of William Plunket in Dublin. He was Governor of New […]

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