June 21, 2016

Summer Solstice 2016

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.

 

 

May 31, 2016

Star Wars in Dingle

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. 

February 20, 2016

The wedding of the Easter Rising.

Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford

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.

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February 20, 2016

The Women of the 1916 Rising

The Women of the 1916 Rising

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.

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February 20, 2016

Aoife and Strongbow

Aoife and Strongbow

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).

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February 20, 2016

A People's Rebellion. Easter 1916

 A People's Rebellion., Easter 1916 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...

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February 20, 2016

The Lady's Charm of Luck and Protection

St. BrigidWhen 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.

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February 20, 2016

Kerry Versus the World

The battle of Ventry

Cath Finntrágha, 
The battle of Ventry

You probably aren’t aware, but one of the greatest battles in history took place not far from Dingle...

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February 20, 2016

The lonely life of a monk



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.

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February 20, 2016

The two things Irish monks gave us to enjoy

Kilmalkedar Celtic Church

We have a lot to thank the ancient monks for in Ireland. When they weren’t getting pillaged by marauding Vikings, they were busy preserving Irish history as we know it. They were the first to use the Latin alphabet as we now use it...

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