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Valentia Island – Connecting the world since 1860

By Sean Ryan Valentia Island off the Kerry Coast is known the length and breadth of Ireland for its weather observatory. Valentia Island’s association with...

When Queen Victoria “lived” in County Offaly

By Cheryl Devaney In Sydney, Australia, a statue of Queen Victoria sits regally outside the Queen Victoria Building, also known as QVB. This Romanesque...

Hearse and Rehearse – The origin of the word ‘hearse’

By Mattie Lennon I was recently at a funeral in Kerry. The deceased was an elderly woman who hadn’t ever married. I can’t vouch for the veracity...

The West Brits who Helped the Cause

By Aileen Atcheson A few of the British aristocratic women helped the Irish Cause down the years were Mary Anne McCracken, the two Parnell sisters, Maud...

Trees of Ireland from Ancient Days

By Garreth Byrne Trees provide shelter for humans and farm animals. They sometimes have medicinal uses, for example some varieties of willow provide a chemical...

Fr Ray Kelly – The Singing Priest

By John Fitzgerald "The Nation holds it breath." The famous quote from an RTÉ commentary on Ireland’s penalty shoot-out in Italia 90 came to mind...

The Irish boys in Havana

By Martin Gleeson In February 2015, my wife and I spent two weeks in Havana, the capital city of Cuba. We spent the first 6...

Goats, Taxes and Rampaging Armies- The Story of Puck Fair 

By Marie MacSweeney When, in 1603, King James I put quill to parchment and signed the Royal Charter - which gave legal status to the...

Ireland’s First Female Pilot

By Peter P Dobbing I have met many wonderful people in Ireland. I have also written about a few. Unfortunately, some of these lived before...

The Doctor Who Saved Irish Children from Tuberculosis

Up to the middle of the 20th century it sometimes happened that very young children became infected with the tuberculosis bacillus and the consequences were devastating.