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How To Make Irish Colcannon

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Colcannon is a traditional Irish and West Scots dish made from mashed potatoes, cabbage, curly kale, butter, salt and pepper. It can also contain ingredients such as milk, onions, or chives. It is a…

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William Butler Yeats – Quotes | Our Ireland

  1. There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.
  2. Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
  3. Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
  4. But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
  5. Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
  6. Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.
  7. Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
  8. When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.
  9. Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
  10. The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.
  11. People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
  12. The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
  13. Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.
  14. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
  15. You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends’ portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland’s history in their lineaments trace; think where man’s glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.
  16. Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
  17. Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
  18. Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.
  19. We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.
  20. Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.
  21. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
  22. Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
  23. How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.

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Adare Ireland – Limerick’s Charming Irish Heritage Town

Adare is a popular destination for visitors touring Ireland’s towns. This picturesque town in County Limerick is probably most famous for it’s thatched roofed cottages. Adare town was designated as an ‘Irish Heritage Town’ because of it’s historic architecture. Most of the thatched buildings are no longer used as residential dwellings, instead many have are utilised as Irish gift shops and café’s, enjoyed by both locals and visitors.

The thatch on the cottages is made with tightly packed bound reeds and the traditional cottages have charming small windows and white-washed thick stone and rough plastered walls. They are certainly a sight to be seen.

Adare Manor

Adare Manor is a 19th century Tudor Gothic style mansion that is was later converted to an high class hotel. There has been a structure on the site since at least the 1830’s. Thing to do in Adare Manor include a complimentary historical tour of the Manor and Irish whiskey tasting and wine tasting. Other activities include 18 hole golf, fishing on the River Maigue, cycling, hot air ballooning, clay pigeon shooting, archery, horse riding, falconry, indoor swimming pool and fitness room.

Useful Adare Phone Numbers:

Adare Heritage Centre 061 396666 Adare Festival Office 061 396255 Adare Garda Station 061 396 216

Adare Health Centre 061 396442

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The Easter 1916 Proclamation

On the 24th of April 1916, the Green Harp Flag of the Irish Republic and the Tricolor were hoisted high above the GPO on Sackville Street (now Dublin’s O’Connoll Street, the capital’s main thoroughfare) replacing the Union Jacks that had hung there. Outside the doors of the captured GPO, Pádraig Pearse read to the bemused passers-by the words of the Proclamation of the Republic (Poblacht na hÉireann).

IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurption of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty : six times during the past three hundred years they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and its exaltation among the nations.

The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.

We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

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News From Dingle (Video)

Interested in local Dingle news? Well we’ll do our best to keep you up-to-date with news videos direct from the Dingle Peninsula.

Catch up with the latest developments that has people talking and guessing in Dingle

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Irish History

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean located on the furthest edge of Western Europe. The country consists of thirty-two counties, divided in two, with six northern counties currently occupied by the United Kingdom; the other twenty-six counties make up The Irish Republic. Click here to see a larger version of the Map of Ireland.

Stone Age Ireland and later the Irish Celts

The earliest Stone Age settlers in Ireland were not Celts but a people today known as Iberians. The Iberian people were for the most part conquered and/or assimilated into the Celtic tradition and bloodline. Although the Celts were fierce and fearless warriors, they were also inquisitive and open to other people’s beliefs and artistic influences. These other traditions were often assimilated into the vibrant and ever expanding Celtic culture.

The first Celtic tribes are known to have arrived and settled in Ireland around 600 B.C. (but some experts believe they may have arrived earlier). They are thought to have entered Ireland from Spain and Britain.

Ireland and Britain quickly became Celtic occupied countries with several different Celtic tribes arriving and settling over an extended period.

Norman Invasions

Besides tribal warfare, Irish history is relatively untroubled until the arrival of the Norse invaders in the 8th Century. The Norsemen settlers founded and established strongholds in Ireland and occupied with strength towns such as Dublin and Limerick as well as may others. Around 1014 the Norsemen were finally driven out of Ireland by the High King Brian Boru ’s armies.

English Occupation Of Ireland

In the 12th century English invaders began to lay siege to Ireland. This was to be the start of seven centuries of bitter Anglo-Irish conflict.

The occupation and repression of the people gave birth to a sense of Irish nationalism. (Theobald Wolfe tone is noted in the Irish historical annals as being the farther of Irish Nationalism). Ireland’s bloody resistance and struggle against British occupation was bitter and difficult.

1916 Easter Rising

There were many Irish rebellions over the centuries, but the one that most dramatically changed the course of Irelands history as an occupied country was the 1916 Easter Rising. The Irish rebels took over several parts of Dublin, making their Head Quarters at the GPO in the heart of the city. It was from the steps at the entrance to the GPO that they declared Irelands independence from Britain. The British reaction was predictable and swift. Using cannon mounted on ships, they bombed Dublin and eventually reclaimed control of the devastated city.

The uprising was over and the British quickly executed many of the captured rebel leaders. It was this act of injustice that heralded the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. The leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising knew they would be executed once captured. It was their hope that their blood sacrifice would strengthen and nourish the rebel hearts of a weary and downtrodden people. Their supreme ‘hero act’ of self-sacrifice did not go unnoticed. The uprising continued in the form of widespread guerrilla warfare and in 1921 independence from the UK was secured for 26 southern Irish counties.

Ireland Joins the European Community

In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth, and in 1973 the Republic of Ireland joined the European Community, finally taking it’s place among the nations of the world.

Peace in Ireland and Friendly Relations with Britain

The Irish governments cooperating with our British neighbours continue to work towards the peaceful unification of Ireland. In 1998 the peace settlement for Northern Ireland (the Good Friday Agreement) was approved. Ireland and Britain now enjoy good and friendly relations. Peoples lives and expectations have changed since the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. One of those expectations is for the people of Ireland and Britain to live side-by-side in peace.

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The Life and Work of Jack B. Yeats

Jack B. Yeats (29 August 1871 – 28 March 1957 )

Jack Butler Yeats, the fourth son or artist John Butler Yeats, bother of poet Wiliam Butler Yeats, was born 1871, London. Jack B spent most of his youth in County Sligo, living with his mothers parents William and Elizabeth Pollexfen. So influential was his early years in Sligo that Jack B said each painting he created had somewhere in it a thought of Sligo.

Yeats’ studied art in South Kensington, at the Government School of Design, then later he continued his education at the prestigious Westminster School of Art. His family had an affiliation with the sea, his grandfather William being a seaman, and they moved to the Devon coast. Yeats’ love of Ireland and Sligo brought him back to Ireland regularly.

In 1898, Yeats visited the grave of Theobold Wolf Tone, political leader of the United Irishmen, and there after his art subjects was exclusively of Ireland and the Irish people. In 1899, his body of work, Sketches of Life in the West of Ireland, was put on display in both Dublin and London.

Jack B started his career as an illustrator, working mostly in watercolour, with most of his artwork being print in books, magazines, posters, journals and theatrical productions.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not subscribe to a particular art movement, and his work changed dramatically over the years, becoming less illustrative and more bold, abstract and energetic, responding to his subjects in a unique and very personal way.

The theme of his work was mostly of the West; the land, sea, race meetings, ordinary people in ordinary settings. He managed to reflect the depth, character and individuality of the people he painted, conveying emotion and their humanity.

Besides painting, Yeats was a prolific writer, and in his lifetime he completed six novels, numerous poems and several plays. He retained his interest in theatre, and in 1905 he joined playwright John Millington Synge in travels around the coast of Galway and Mayo and contributed to work on the the book The Aran Islander. Synges’ photographs of the island inhabitants greatly influenced much of his latter work of paintings of fishermen and scenes of roof thatching.

Yeats moved back to Ireland in 1910, typically taking residence by the sea in Greystones, County Wicklow.

It was a time of change in Ireland, as the country struggled to find it’s on sense of national identity. Yeats sympathy was with the Irish, and his own Irish Nationalism grew in the days leading to the 1916 Rising. Some of the works he regarded as his best included a painting titled A Political Meeting, and he wrote Bachelors Walk, in Memory as a memorial to a group of Irish people who had been shot down by British troops. Another work of this time was of fallen Fenian leader O’Donovan Rossa.

Later he located to Dublin city, and produced many works documenting the city and it’s people. His work from 1905 onward was, dramatic, strong, painting mostly in oils. The next two decades saw his work evolve into an impasto style with energetic brush marks and use of brighter colours. After 1940 he preferred to work with palette knife, rejecting the use of line, seeking to represent the emotion of an event rather than the form.

His work changed again after the passing of his wife in 1947, becoming more expressive, he used his fingers and palette knife, applying paint directly from the tube, passionately expressing emotion and optimism is bright colours. Yeats retained a keen interest in theatre throughout his entire life and was close friend of Synge and Samuel Beckett.

In 1957, Yeats died in Dublin, and was buried in Mounte Jerome Cemetery in Harold’s Cross on the south side of the city. His work earned him the title of most important Irish artist of the 20th century, and many of his paintings are exhibited in The National Gallery, Dublin.

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Irish Sayings and Their Meanings

“You won’t find any of these Irish sayings in the holiday guides or quotation books.” 

These are some funny Irish sayings I remember from my childhood, many are still used today. I’m sure there’s plenty more to add, so feel free to comment any that I have missed out.

20 Irish Sayings From Our Childhoods and Their Meanings:

  1. If you fall and break your legs, don’t come running to me! (used by every Irish mother since time began)
  2. I know you’re a pane (pain), but I can’t see through you (usually used against person if standing in front of the TV)
  3. Go ‘way! (seriously, is it really true?)
  4. How’s you’re belly for spots? (a friendly greeting)
  5. What’s the face for? (usually used when someone has a cross, or sad face. The speaker is semi-concerned, but probably believes you need a good kick up the arse and stop feeling sorry for yourself)
  6. Would you look at the head on yer’ man (usually used when someone is hungover, or feeling down and in need of cheering up – the speaker is not feeling very sympathetic though and it could turn into full on verbal abuse)
  7. Little apples will grow again (basically means karma)
  8. He’ll get his come-uppings in the end (basically means karma too)
  9. If it’s meant for you, you’ll get it (a way of telling someone not to be disappointed if something doesn’t work out for them)
  10. I’ve eyes in the back of me head (means don’t try pulling the wool over my eyes, I’ll catch you. Usually used by Irish mothers)
  11. A little bird told me (used by mothers and fathers of young kids, who thought they got away with something that they didn’t. A friendly warning)
  12. I could feel it in me waters (a gut feeling, or instinct, almost a mystical knowledge)
  13. Would you ever go kiss me arse (usually reserved for someone you don’t like. The person who said it is possibly two steps away from ‘flying off the handle’)
  14. Would you stop! (See Go ‘way! above)
  15. I’ll burst you (you may get thumped if you don’t clear off quick)
  16. Are you for real? (I don’t believe you. Similar meaning to ‘Go ‘way”!, but a bit more edge to it)
  17. Get out of that garden (classic Dublin, originally to tell people (mostly kids) to indeed, get out of that garden. Later it took on a meaning similar to ‘Would you stop!’, see number 14 above)
  18. Get off that wall (similar to ‘Get out of that Garden’, see number 17. Often used in conjunction with number 17)
  19. You were caught rapid (means, you thought you were being smart, and believed you got away with it, but I caught you and now you’re going to be sorry)
  20. Right, that’s it! (means you have tested my patients to the very limits of human endurance, and whatever happens next is your own fault)
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Creative Thinking Time For Ruairi Quinn – Save Our Small Schools

Many readers are probably aware of the ‘Save Our Small Schools‘ campaign, currently raging across popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. If not, here’s the story so far.

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn, has decided to force many rural and small schools in Ireland to close by means of unfairly increasing the teacher to pupil ratio in their classrooms. Despite angry (and growing) opposition from the teachers and parents, and the questionable savings he claims will be achieved; Mr. Quinn is determined to proceed in order to get collect more money for non-secured, unnamed bondholders in Europe, somewhere…

Creative Thinking

You may recall an announcement in recent months that Ruairi Quinn supports a proposal to abolish and radically change the secondary school Junior Certificate. In particular he backed the the introduction of “greater creativity and innovation” and “being creative”. (GENEVIEVE CARBERY, Irish Times, Nov 2011, click this link)

Now Mr. Quinn is hell-bent on closing as many rural and small schools as possible, with the displaced children being shipped to larger schools that are already struggling with their numbers. The obvious consequence of such a short-sighted move (besides the absolute destruction of rural communities) is there will be less time in schools for creative subjects such as arts/crafts, music, dance, and learning through play. Mathematics, languages and commerce will undoubtedly take an even greater lions share of lesson time.

Less After-School Activities

After-school activities in the areas where rural schools are to be forced into closing will also be denied to local children, because the majority of these activities are held within the schools. There will be more pressure on the activities being offered in larger schools, and many children are going to miss out. That means even less time for organised creative activities.

‘Third Grade Slump’

Will it surprise Mr. Quinn when these same children begin their secondary school education, studying the proposed new Junior Certificate curriculum, that they will find it difficult to adjust to left-hemisphere/right-hemisphere thinking? Perhaps Mr. Quinn is not aware of what our American friends have identified and labelled the ‘third grade slump’. That is, by the time children reach the third grade, their ability to be creative has been all but stomped out of them by a logical number crunching left-brain driven educational system, that rewards the technical at the expense of the creative. (read ‘A Whole New Mind’, Pink)

The Future ‘Smart Economy’ Of Ireland

As for this ‘Smart Economy’ we keep hearing about, perhaps Ruairi Quinn needs to be updated on what is going on in the business world. Every child in the street knows manufacturing has left the western world, outsourced to Asia. I wonder if our minister is aware too, that computer programming, once the core of ‘Smart Economies’ is also going to Asia? American companies have being quick to take advantage of low-cost, well educated work forces in countries like India where a highly qualified programmer will work for $1000 per month, as opposed to her counterpart in the States who on average earns around $16000 per month for the same work (with health plan thrown in).

What does this mean for Ireland, a small, expensive country with a small population? It means we need to know how to do more than just programme; we also need to know how to build and maintain relationships, how to think outside the box, and in particular, how to find creative solutions to business problems. We need emotionally intelligent people, who can speak the language of their industry, to provide creative, aesthetic solutions to fulfil market demands. In short we need to nurture both hemispheres of our children’s brains EQUALLY in order to prepare them for their future. Crushing their creativity in primary school, in the belief that you can easily switch that part of their brain on when they hit secondary school is a ridiculous notion.

Finding A Solution And Saving Our Small Schools

Minister For Education; teachers, parents and our children need YOU to think creatively right now? Can you find a solution that guarantees the quality of our children’s education, and the culture and identity of rural Ireland? Teachers and parents will be happy to help you find workable solutions, but you must remove the threat to our children and communities before we can do so.

Related Sites:

www.SONS.ie – Petitions

www.RuralScoilNet.WordPress.com – Press information

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Travel Across Ireland By Motorbike

Ireland is lucky enough to have miles upon miles of beautiful landscape and backdrops that people from all over the world come to enjoy. One of the best ways to experience this stunning scenery is by motorcycle, with many routes and rides available to bike enthusiasts and motorbike licence holders with insurance who want to take pleasure from an alternative holiday.

The best way to explore the island is to choose a route beforehand, and because of the small and twisty roads that will make your journey longer, give yourself a full week in order to make the most of what is going on around you. With so many stunning places and picturesque views, there are bound to be a number of photograph opportunities along the way as well.

You may want to sit down with a map and plan your own course; however, there are many suggested routes to enjoy, which you may wish to research. One such route that is a favourite with bikers is to travel from Galway to Achill Island and back to Galway. Along the way, riders will experience exciting undulating and winding roads through breathtaking scenery and astounding landscape views.

The journey should take around 6 hours to complete, keeping within the designated speed limits and will cover 420 kilometres. It is therefore recommended to split this trip up over 2 or 3 days and take advantage of an overnight stay on Achill Island.

Amongst the destinations on this route, include the national parks and castle ruins of Clifden, the popular fishing village of Cleggan, the fantastic mountainous landscapes of Louisburgh and the historical and unique town of Cong.

As well as the spectacular scenery, there is much more to enjoy about Ireland on a Motorbike holiday. You can enjoy the hospitality, music and food at one or many of the country’s thousands of restaurants and pubs.

Ireland has more pubs per head of population than any other country in the world. A visit to a typical Irish country pub should be high on your list of things to do. Visitors to Ireland who do not wish to bring their Motorcycle over with them, can hire a bike from one of the many motorbike rental companies operating in Ireland.