All Blog Posts Tagged 'Meath' (16)

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Wednesday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical standpoint,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments


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The Tara Brooch and a Special Offer for Wild Geese Members

Many ancient brooches have been found in Ireland, but the Tara Brooch is the most impressive and best preserved. Found in 1850, this Celtic designed Tara Brooch dates back to A.D. 700, the Iron Age. If you are ever in Dublin take a visit to the National Museum of Ireland where this brooch is on…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on June 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Irish Bog Archaeology: Meet the Bog Bodies

Turf cutters have unearthed more than home heating fuel from Ireland's bogs.  Bog bodies - naturally preserved human remains - are a fascinating study.  The chemical composition of the bog has…

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Added by Kelly O'Rourke on May 4, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments


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That Fifth Province of Ireland

When the Tuatha system of rule was replaced by Gaelic rule the areas of Ireland were known as 'cúige',  which in Irish means 'portion' or 'fifth', indicating the original division of the five areas:…

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Added by Totally Irish Gifts on February 24, 2015 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

The Irish in Colonial Era New Orleans

By Dr. Laura Kelley

Usually, when we speak about the Irish Diaspora in the USA, New Orleans is not among the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 16, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments


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Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Cathal Brugha

Cathal Brugha [Charles William St John Burgess] Is another man who is less known for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising. He was born and raised in Fairview, Dublin, July 1874, one of 14 children of Thomas and Maryanne…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on February 1, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Lights From Christmas Past

There are more than just Christmas lights illuminating the darkness as the sun rises on the Winter Solstice in Ireland. On December 21, a marvelous event occurs at Bru na Boinne. On a hill in the Boyne Valley of County…

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Added by Mike McCormack on December 5, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments


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Kells High Crosses

In 804, monks from St. Colmcille’s of Iona, Scotland founded a monastery in the town of Kells, County Meath. There, the Book of Kells was completed in the 9th century. The monastery is also known for its round tower and high crosses.

The town of Kells in County Meath boasts ecclesiastical significance, as it was the site of a monastery founded in the 9th century…

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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on September 22, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Mystical Newgrange is a 5,000-Year-Old Irish Gem

It's older than the pyramids of Egypt and England's Stonehenge, and it's an astronomical wonder as well. Yet the passage grave at Newgrange, in Ireland's County Meath, is often ignored in…

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Added by Michael Quane on August 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

The Hill

Atop the mystical hill of Tara stands the stone of Fal, one of four treasures brought to Ireland by the Tuatha de Dannan. It is otherwise known as the ‘stone of destiny.’ There, through the ages, all ard ri (high kings) were crowned. Marriage ceremonies took place there also. These rites were always blessed…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 9, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Green Valley

I’ve been down in the green valley, the Holy place.

The one where the river flows ever onward to its birthplace, carrying the tortured history, winding slow with measured precision, to cast upon the ocean. Down where the sacred hills, those silent sentinels to the glorious but tragic past, keep watch in painful…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Boutique Hostels and Unique Places to Stay: The Truth About Irish Budget Accommodation

When I first heard the phrase "boutique hostel," I figured it was a bit of marketing gimmickry at work. I mean, hostels were bottom-of-the-barrel, right? I suspected the word "boutique" was in line to replace "charming" and "lots of character" for describing accommodation that wasn't quite up to par.

Well, this summer I got a taste of modern hosteling,…

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Added by Irish Fireside on August 2, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


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Wexford's Diehard Revolutionary Father

As we were heading north on R-702 in Kiltealy, County Wexford during our recent vacation to the southeast of Ireland, my eye caught sight of some sort of plaque on the wall along a driveway to the right. There…

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Added by Joe Gannon on July 28, 2014 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments


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Trim Castle, County Meath

Trim Castle
Trim, Co Meath,…
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Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 21, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

'One Great Irish Spot': Newgrange, County Meath

I am not usually a great one for "tourist sites," and it was a damp, rainy day and I was not of a mood to go out. But I had a friend visiting, and by heaven, she had read about this place north of Dublin (where I was…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on March 12, 2014 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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