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The Festival of Bealtaine in Ancient Ireland

Beltane or May Eve marked the real beginning of summer, a time when the flowers started to bloom and the meadows became more colourful.

Grace Kelly of Monaco

By Martin Gleeson John Brendan Kelly, known as Jack Kelly, started a bricklaying business in Philadelphia. In his spare time, he became a competitive rower...

Islam in Ireland

By Declan Henry Currently 63,000 Muslims live in Ireland which makes Islam the third largest religion in the country after Catholicism and the Church of...

The Glory Days of Irish Racecourses

By Noel Coogan Once upon a time, long, long, ago, there was a racecourse in nearly every county in Ireland but now just 17 of...

Admiral Benjamin Caldwell: from Drogheda to the British Royal Navy

By C. A. Tremayne On 3 May, 1803, the legendary British sea Admiral, Lord Nelson hoisted his flag in the most famous of his ships,...

Tidy Towns: Bringing Irish communities together since 1958

By Garreth Byrne In 1958, the first winner in Ireland’s Tidy Towns competition was awarded to Glenties in South-West Donegal, which also came first in...

Last of the Lough Ree islanders

Story and picture by Matt Nolan John Connell from Inisbofin on Lough Ree died on 12 Feburary, 2018, after a short illness in Portiuncla Hospital,...

Pierce Brosnan – The Irish James Bond

By Martin Gleeson Since the first James Bond film was made in 1962, there have been 24 more films about the secret agent and 7...

Patrick MacGill – A Very Full Life

By Peter P Dobbing When I begin a story for Ireland’s Eye, I find a thread that looks promising and follow it via the library,...

The Revolutionary War hero from Donegal

By C. A. Tremayne April 27, 1779, County Donegal born Gustavus Conyngham, like a lot of other young Irish men, had decided that immigration was...