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  • The History of Irish Place Names Part Two

    It’s no secret that Ireland has a rich and fascinating history: With thousands of years of existence, and invaders and residents from England to Norway, the country has been built, shaped and influenced by countless visitors. As we mentioned in our first story on Irish place names, we can get a glimpse into the past […]

  • Ireland’s Best Foodie Walking Tours

    Not that long ago, the phrase “Irish cuisine” was almost an oxymoron: Variety was limited, and long, slow boiling was the key to preparing everything from cabbage to coddle. Cut to 2019 and you’re never far away from a treat for your taste buds. Over the past decade, Irish restaurants and entrepreneurs returned from all […]

  • The History of Irish Place Names

    Wherever you are in this green island, you’re in a place that’s steeped in millennia of history. And one page of that history is how that place got its name. The Irish people’s appreciation of nature coupled with the country’s poetic language and eventful history has worked together to weave a range of beautiful names. […]

  • Ireland’s Best Forest Trails

    Trees are among the greatest natural resources we have. The more we learn about them, the greater our appreciation grows. The Japanese have an expression, shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”. It means that because trees fill their environments with beautiful, clean oxygen, we should seek it out, “bathe” in woodlands, and soak up that […]

  • GIS Day 2018 Ireland

    Uncover the Story of your Local Area

    UNCOVER THE STORY OF YOUR LOCAL AREA WITH ORDNANCE SURVEY IRELAND Could your hometown have Ireland’s Favourite Placename To mark GIS Day 2018 (which is today 14th November), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Ireland’s National Mapping Agency, is today launching a nationwide competition to find the most interesting and unusual origin stories behind Ireland’s placenames. The […]

  • Three Spooky Sites Across Ireland

    The Irish have a special place in their (dark) hearts for Halloween. The country’s history and folklore are filled with legendary ghosts, banshees and worse. Irish writers and filmmakers have also contributed to the art of spooky storytelling, from Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and everything in between. And ghost stories […]