Featured Blog Posts – May 2015 Archive (35)

1798: The Year of Liberty

What have you got in your hand?

A green bough.

Where did it first grow?

In America.

Where did it bud?

In France.

Where are you going to plant…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 13, 2015 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Fragments From Ireland's Past

I sometimes think that, when words fail, art can find expression for feelings that have no words.   And art is especially good for remembering those who have gone before...

I visited the studio of Lorcan Walshe recently. A few years ago he had an exhibition entitled “The Artefacts…


Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on May 13, 2015 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Creating the Bogwood Sculpture

One of the features of the landscape is the extensive bogland, which nature was indeed very generous in allocating to the Inishowen Peninsula of Co Donegal. The presence of these tree remains, found in the course of cutting turf, is evidence of the existence in the remote past of great forests of Fir and Oak. It is also this bogland that gives Mary the…


Added by Mary Doherty on May 10, 2015 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Bogwood Necklaces

These are our latest range of celtic inspired bogwood necklaces.


Added by Mary Doherty on May 9, 2015 at 1:35pm — No Comments

'Sheep Stealer' Sir George Arthur French

George Arthur French was born at Roscommon, Ireland in 1841. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and commissioned in the Royal Artillery in 1860. 

In 1871, at the request of the Canadian government, he was sent…


Added by Dee Notaro on May 9, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The Bog Road

“The Bog Road” as it is know is a three mile stretch of road between Athlone and the village of Clonown. The village has the unusual distinction of not having a pub - for Ireland this is quite an anomaly!…


Added by Bog Buddies on May 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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As a passionate Irishman, Dave Yeates has been sharing the heart…


Added by Dave Yeates Ireland Tours on May 5, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Irish Bog Archaeology: Fadden More Psalter

The Fadden More Psalter, a book of psalms as old as the Book of Kells, was found by turf cutters in a Tipperary bog in 2006.  It is written in Latin and includes illuminated letters and other decoration.  Dr. Eamonn Kelly and his team at The National Museum of Ireland dated the book to around 800 AD, and spent five years restoring it. 

The find was very exciting to Irish…


Added by Kelly O'Rourke on May 5, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Inishowen Bogwood Sculptures - Some History of Bogwood

Ancient Ireland had many forested areas and when felled the roots remained.  Those sites are mainly the boglands of today.

The bogwood was easiest detected in these bogs in the early morning as it was known that the morning dew didn’t rest on the section of the…


Added by Mary Doherty on May 4, 2015 at 6:00pm — No 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 antibiotic properties which kill the bacteria that would normally break down the flesh.  The…


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

Irish Rebels and the Baltimore Riots

Avenge the patriotic gore

That flecked the streets of Baltimore,

And be the battle queen of yore,

Maryland! My…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 3, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Great Bog Walks in the Irish Midlands

There are some great bog walks all around the Irish midlands. For those of you who are unfamiliar with bog let me give you a few words of introduction.

Bog is derived from the Irish word ‘bogach’ which means soft ground.  First of all, there are two types of bog in Ireland: The “raised bog” that we see in the midland…


Added by Bog Buddies on May 3, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Story of the Bog

Ten thousand years ago, when the ice age ended and the ice began to recede, deep pond like depressions were left in the land. Over time these became…


Added by Bog Buddies on May 3, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Recovery of the Tain

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, Guaire, the King of Connacht, hosted a huge gathering of poets.  The King was famed for…


Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on May 1, 2015 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 5: Never-Ending Stories

I hope that my examination of the stories in this series show that Irish myths and legends are not museum pieces to be taken out once in a while, dusted down, admired and then put back in a glass case. These stories are the living companions to our daily lives. They…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

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