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When Cuchulain was growing out of his boyhood at Emain Macha, all the women of Ulster loved him for his skill in feats, for the lightness of his leap, for the weight of his…


The Book of Invasions or Leabhar Gabhala as it is known in the Irish Language is the book by medieval scholar monks which describes all the Legendary Invasions of Ireland throughout the ages. The…


Separated at birth? 32 year old photographer from Glasgow, Neil Douglas, meets his doppelganger when seated next to him on a from Stansted to Galway. Robert Stirling, 35, was travelling to Ireland for a…


The appetite for adventure sports in Ireland has certainly grown in the past 5 years. There are far more surf schools, kayak trip providers and climbing activities being provided, and this trend is set…


Tour The Ring Of Kerry In Ireland The Iveragh Peninsula -The Ring Of Kerry traces the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula and is probably Irelands best know scenic route. The Ring Of Kerry offers…


Irish Handmade Ceramic Pottery Gifts

Annascaul Pottery, Dingle Peninsula, Kerry

Zac Phelan’s Pottery Studio

The Phelan family have created unique handmade and hand decorated ceramic pottery for over 30 years from their pottery studio and shop in the heart of Annascaul village. Their pottery has been acquired by customers of every nationality who have visited their shops on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.

Zac Phelan took over the running of Annascaul Pottery from his mother, Monica Phelan, who is also an accomplished painter. Monica continues to decorate Annascaul Pottery ceramics, painting pieces individually.

Zac recently launched his new website which enables customers to order pottery online. His site has proven to be extremely popular with both new and existing customers.

Zac, “Most of our customers are looking for truly original pieces and our handmade pottery appeals to them for that reason. We have a lot of buyers looking for that special gift for weddings and other family occasions. Our dinnerware is a popular gift for newly weds while our larger show-pieces are favourite with our corporate clients and sports clubs.”

Despite the high demand for his pottery Zac is not tempted to use moulds or other automated production processes to speed-up the manufacture pottery. “We’re traditional potters and we will continue to make each pot, each plate and each bowl by hand. That’s one of the factors that makes our pottery unique.”

There’s plenty more of Zac’s Irish handmade ceramic pottery gifts to see from his website at Annascaul Pottery. If you are looking for a one-off, stylish handmade gifts you won’t be disappointed.


Sean O’Casey

by Admin · Published June 24, 2011 · Updated November 3, 2015

  1. Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
  2. All the world’s a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.
  3. With whitened hair, desires failing, strength ebbing out of him, with the sun gone down and with only the serenity and the calm warning of the evening star left to him, he drank to Life, to all it had been, to what it was, to what it would be. Hurrah!
  4. Laughter is wine for the soul — laugh soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness. Comedy and tragedy step through life together, arm in arm… Once we can laugh, we can live.
  5. sean-ocasey-4543812No man is so old as to believe he cannot live one more year.
  6. Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
  7. You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell your slaves could ever build.
  8. The hallway of every man’s life is paced with pictures; pictures gay and pictures gloomy, all useful, for if we be wise, we can learn from them a richer and braver way to live.
  9. The flame from the angel’s sword in the garden of Eden has been catalyzed into the atom bomb; God’s thunderbolt became blunted, so man’s thunderbolt has become the steel star of destruction.
  10. The military mind is indeed a menace. Old-fashioned futurity that sees only men fighting and dying in smoke and fire; hears nothing more civilized than a cannonade; scents nothing but the stink of battle-wounds and blood.
  11. The old – like children – talk to themselves, for they have reached that hopeless wisdom of experience which knows that though one were to cry it in the streets to multitudes, or whisper it in the kiss to one’s beloved, the only ears that can ever hear one’s secrets are one’s own!
  12. There’s no reason to bring religion into it. I think we ought to have as great a regard for religion as we can, so as to keep it out of as many things as possible.
  13. The drama’s altar isn’t on the stage: it is candle-sticked and flowered in the box office. There is the gold, though there be no frankincense or myrrh; and the gospel for the day always The Play will Run for a Year. The Dove of Inspiration, of the desire for inspiration, has flown away from it; and on it’s roof, now, the commonplace crow caws candidly.

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Irish Airports

by Admin · June 26, 2011

Belfast International Airport Belfast

BT29 4AB


George Best Belfast City Airport

Belfast BT3 9JH

Northern Ireland


Tel: 028 9093 9093
Fax 028 9093 9094

City Of Derry Airport

Airport Road, Eglinton. Co. Derry.

BT47 3GY


Tel: +44 (0) 28 7181 0784
Fax: +44 (0) 28 7181 1426

Munster Province Airports

Cork Airport

(8 km outside of Cork City Centre)

Tel: +353 214313131

Kerry Airport PLC

Farranfore, Killarney, County Kerry,



Telephone: +353 (0) 66 9764644
Fax: +353 (0) 66 9764134

Shannon Airport

DAA, Shannon Airport, Co Clare,



Tel: +353 (0) 61712000

Waterford Airport

Waterford Airport, Killowen,

Co. Waterford.


Tel: +353 (0) 51846 600
Fax: +353 (0)51 877 809

Leinster Province Airports

Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport, Swords Road,

North County Dublin.


Tel: +353 (0) 1814 1111

Connacht Province Airports

Knock Airport

Ireland West Airport Knock, Knock,

County Mayo.


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Lucien Bull Irish Inventor

Lucien Bull 1876-1972 Pioneer Of High-speed Photography And Inventor Of Improved ElectroCardioGraph

Lucien Bull was born on 8 th Jan 1876 in Dublin. In 1894, he moved to Paris in order to work as an assistant for Étienne-Jules Marey, a pioneer in the world of cinematography. Marey was a physiologist, studying how the human body worked and he felt that if he could capture human movement on film, he would be able to expand scientific understanding in this field. Marey’s camera was the forerunner of the motion picture camera. Lucien Bull devised a high-speed version of this camera to photograph projectiles such as a bullet piercing a soap bubble. Bull is the first to obtain photographs of insects in flight and also of ballistic projectiles.

With Marey’s early cameras the film has to stop to be exposed, this means that there is a limit to the number of exposures that can be achieved per second. Marey managed, at best, to set up twelve plates in a row, in order to photograph one second of action. The result was very like looking at a flicker book. In Bull’s camera the film is no longer halted and moves continuously while the subject is illuminated many times per second. In other words the film now works like a modern movie camera. This means that the number of images achievable per second is only limited by the number of times that a light can go on and off per second and the speed that the film can travel through the reels without breaking. In 1904, 1,200 images per second was achieved, by 1918, this is up to 50,000 images per second. He eclispsed these figures in 1952, recording one million images per second!

Marey’s work was not exclusively in the world of film. As a physiologist he was fascinated by every element of the way that the body functioned, including the heart. In fact as early as 1876 Marey uses an electrometer to record the electrical activity of an exposed frog’s heart. This was to prove the forerunner of the ECG, the electrocardiograph. While he continued to work on this as a sideline, other scientists such as Waller and Einthoven focused their attention on the subject and brought forward working ECG’s that did not require the drastic step of exposing the heart! Lucien Bull continued Marey’s work on the ECG, using the data obtained from Waller and Einthoven. His version, patented in 1908, was a much more viable design than the one that won Einthoven his Nobel Prize. However, it did not achieve the recognition that it deserved, many histories ignoring Bull’s contribution altogether.

After Marey’s death in 1904, Bull becomes the Director of l’Institut Marey in Paris . In 1933, he is put in charge of research, National Office of Research and Invention in France. In 1948 he becomes President of the Institute of Scientific Cinematography in Paris. Other achievements included research on optical illusions and acoustic phenomena, apparatus for the location of gun batteries through sound, and photographic techniques of shock waves. He died in Paris in August 1972.

High Speed Photography


The Ring Of Kerry

The Iveragh Peninsula -The Ring Of Kerry traces the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula and is probably Irelands best know scenic route. The Ring Of Kerry offers beautiful scenes combining rivers, lakes, mountains, ocean, islands, caves and runes of ancient castles forts and monasteries. The changing weather and light only enhances the visitors experience of the land and seascapes and can have a powerful visual impact on the already stunning views.

It is recommended the traveller begin their tour in Killarney as this direction presents the scenery in the most spectacular way.

The Ring Of Kerry: Recommended Route

Killarney » Killorglin » glenbeigh » Rossbeigh » Kells » Cahersiveen » Waterville » Caherdaniel » Castlecove » Sneem » Parknasilla » Tahilla » Templenoe » Kenmare » Moll’s Gap » ladies View » Muckross » Killarney.


Killarney Town offers the most variety for retail on The Ring Of Kerry, with jewellery stores, gift shops and clothing stores selling casual, sports and outdoors gear (great for anyone venturing out in Irelands unpredictable weather). Most of the towns and villages on The Ring Of Kerry sell ‘pocket sized’ gifts and memoriblia. Humorous and secenic postcards are widely available and are handy for keeping friends and family up to date on your travels.


There’s plenty of choice for dining out from classy restaurants to hearty pub-grub meals. A favourite quick snack for a busy traveller is a toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich with a mug of tea in a charming pub anywhere along The Ring Of Kerry track. Many restaurants offer delicious fresh fish and shellfish bought from local fishermen along the Iveragh peninsula.

What to Do

If you’re around on the 10th, 11th and 12th of August, visit Killorglin for the annual Puck Fair. The Puck Fair is calmed to be one of Irelands oldest fairs. This pre-Christian event centres on the crowing of a wild goat as King Puck. There’s horse and cattle trading on during the fair, plenty of music and more than a few drops of porter are ‘downed’.

The 6th, 7th Century monastery at Aghadoe is well worth a visit. The present ruin and remains of a round tower dating from the 11th and 12th centuries. Aghadoe Hill offers amazing views of Killarney lakes on a clear day so make sure you have your camera.

There’s so much more to see on The Ring Of Kerry but you’ll just have to come and experience it for yourself!

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Celtic Cross

celticcross-4895557The earliest form of Celtic cross was a basic shape cut into a stone face, marrying pagan and early Christian traditions into a single object. The highly decorative Celtic cross or Irish High Cross that we are familiar with came later in Christian Ireland with the earliest form dating from the 9th century. Myth suggests that St. Patrick created the first Celtic cross by drawing a circle around the crossed points of a traditional Latin cross.

The circle joining the arms of the High Cross is thought to represent eternity. The faces of the circle are usually carved with intricate Celtic knotwork designs, which are thought to have a spiritual significance of their own. The main body and arms of the High cross tend to be decorated with scenes from the Bible. Many ruins of Celtic crosses can be seen at historical monastery sites in Ireland and are well worth a visit.

The Celtic Cross has become an unofficial symbol of Celtic Ireland and is often worn as jewelry or as Celtic Cross Tattoos. In this way the Celtic artistic heritage has found a new form of expression with modern Celts.


Bearded Doppelgangers on Irish Ryanair Flight

by Peter · Published October 30, 2015 · Updated October 31, 2015

doppelganger-ryanair-flight-150x150-2119072Separated at birth? 32 year old photographer from Glasgow, Neil Douglas, meets his doppelganger when seated next to him on a from Stansted to Galway.

Robert Stirling, 35, was travelling to Ireland for a ‘quiet trip’ that turned out to not be so quiet after all since their strange story has been shared across social media.
The weird coincidence did not end there. The doppelgangers discovered they were both booked into same hotel, so the duo decided it best to go for a few pints.

Mr Douglas said: ‘I asked him to move and when the guy looked up, I thought: “Holy s***, he looks like me.” ‘We had a big laugh about it – everyone had a laugh. We took a selfie and that was it. ‘I later checked into my hotel in Galway to find my doppelganger checking into the same hotel ahead of me. Total weirdness.’

Mr Stirling, a 35-year-old civil servant from Redbridge, added: ‘I had actually swapped my seat on the plane so that a couple could sit together.

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Irish Shamrock

11153652084-thumbnail1-5083539The Shamrock and St. Patrick – The Shamrock grows in Ireland and is easily recognisable by its three heart shaped leaves. The shamrocks worldwide fame is directly linked to Irelands patron saint, St. Patrick.

Patrick was first brought to Ireland from Britain as a slave. It was during his time working as a pig farmer under his uncaring master that he turned to God for comfort and company. He prayed day and night, as we worked, as he ate, in everything he did. Then, one day, God spoke to Patrick and told him of a ship that was anchored near by. With God’s guidance Patrick managed to gain access to the ship and make good his escape from Ireland and slavery.

Patrick fled to a monastery in France and devoted his life to God. However, God had other plans for Patrick and in time he spoke to Patrick and told him to return to Ireland and to preach Christianity to Irish people. So, as a missionary Patrick returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to the pagan Irish.

It was during his efforts to convince the Irish of the power of the One God that Patrick first employed the use of the modest Shamrock. The pagan Irish had many Gods that they revered and Patrick had a tough time convincing them that his God could be more powerful than several Gods. It was on one such occasion while trying to argue his case with an Irish tribal chief and his people that Patrick spotted a clump of Shamrock growing near by. Pinching a single Shamrock from the ground he explained that God was, in essence, similar to a shamrock. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost were each represented by one of the three leafs on the Shamrock. Just like the three leaves, distinctly separate for each other, combined they made up the whole shamrock. So too did the three separate entities of God make up the one Almighty God.

Well this must have appealed to the Celtic Irish who respected nature and power. Imagine a God that was actually made up of three Gods! Almighty indeed. In typical Celtic manner, the Irish quickly adopted this new God into their belief system. Since that day, the uniquely Irish Shamrock has a place in the hearts and minds of the Irish for evermore.
Modern Popularity Of The Shamrock

There is a little more to say on the Shamrock’s modern popularity as a symbol of all things Irish. A long time after St. Patrick’s work had been done the Shamrock was put on the world stage and became an internationally recognised symbol of Ireland.

After the establishment of the Irish Republic in 26 of the 32 counties of Ireland, and the Irish Civil War; Irelands first Taoiseach Eamon deValera looked for ways to quickly establish a unique Irish identity for the nation. The Shamrock and Harp were brought to the fore as symbols of Ireland and the Irish people. This was done more so to help focus the Irish people on their rich culture and heritage than for the world at large. The Irish emigrants brought this national symbol with them as ‘they spread their grey wing upon every tide’, making the humble Shamrock the internationally recognised symbol of Ireland that it is today.

So, on this St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) make sure you join in the festivities with “the wearing of the green” and remember the humble origins of the famous Irish Shamrock.

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