Yesterday, 20th June 2016, marked the Summer Solstice. This was a special celebration during the Celtic period in Europe. Below is a fantastic info-graphic by CelticCrossOnline.com, explaining the solstice and Celtic traditions.
One of the major stories so far this year for Dingle, and Ireland as a whole, is that of the blockbuster film series - Star Wars, filming in West Kerry. Star Wars: Episode VIII was filmed on a set created at Ceann Sibeal in Ballyferriter recently, with the scenes being shot over the course of a week roughly. The set which was built for the last two months, has drawn great attraction to the local area. This is not the first time where the crew of this series have filmed at this part of the world either. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was shot last summer on Skellig Michael for the ending scene. The movie smashed box office records around the world when it opened last December.
With many stars such as Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver staying in Dingle, and stating their admiration for the area, the events are sure to have great repercussions for the town in Kerry.
Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford’s marriage was one of the many personal tragedies of 1916
The 1916 rising changed the course of Irish history. While pundits and historians reflect on what it was all for one hundred years on, it has always been seen in Ireland as the sacrifice of a few for many.
On the first day of the rising, Pádraig Pierce stood on the steps of the General Post Office and read out the proclamation of the Irish Republic. The verse ‘Ireland has organised and trained her manhood’ has always stuck out as odd from that revolutionary document, not least because many women had a huge part in the rising.View full article →
With the 1916 centenary celebrations close at hand, the country is focused on that Easter week which marked the last years of English Dominion over Ireland. How did we end up under British rule in the first place? Well, just in time for Valentine's Day, that's a tale of love and war (all the best tales are).View full article →
The Irish state has never been old enough to mark centenaries. It is not yet one hundred years old. But this year marks the hundredth since the 1916 Easter Rising, a cataclysmic event that not only paved the way for an Irish Republic, but heralded the end of colonialism...View full article →
When it comes to patron Saints, Patrick gets most of the glory. From dyeing the Hudson River in Chicago to putting green lights on Tokyo Tower, St. Patrick's day makes a celebrity of our Saint.
Less well known, outside of Ireland of course, is our other patron, Brigid.
There is little left standing of the monastic site of Riasc, save for the Riasc Ogham Stone. The early 7th Century settlement is off the beaten track even by today’s standards, but fourteen hundred years ago it would have felt truly isolated.That is after all what the monks wanted. Living in little clocháns: solemn, empty beehive shaped stone huts, they devoted their lives to prayer and study.View full article →