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Whether you are fourth generation Irish American, or native to Co. Kerry, Our Ireland’s growing archive of Irish related articles will be of interest to you and your family.

This site is for you, the Irish community of the world. It’s a solo project that I’ve worked on for many years and I look forward to providing you with much more Irish related information for many to come. Failte isteach!

brian-boru-high-king-2260766Brian Boru High King Of Ireland

Discover the story of Brian Boru and his battles against the Vikings and his assent to power as Ireland’s one true High King.

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Irish Quotations and Proverbs


“The lying man has promised whatever thing he could, the greedy man believes him and thinks his promise good”


Traditional Irish Recipes:

Have you ever tasted Coddle, or a real Irish Stew? What about Boxty? Check out our Irish Recipes.

Driving In Ireland:

Find out everything you need to know about driving in Ireland. From passing the NCT to getting insurance, to day trips for tourists. Motor over to out driving in Ireland now.

Irish Airports:

A list of irish Airports and contact details for each. Fly into Ireland here.

Videos Made By Visitors To Ireland

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The aim of this website is to provide Irish related material for the worldwide Irish community. ‘Our Ireland’ will feature content including Irish Mythology, Irish History, Current affairs, Irish genealogy, Irish services and products.

If you’re new to Our Ireland (Welcome!) you’ll get a better understanding of what this project is about by reading the About Us page.


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32 County Map Of Ireland

by Admin · Published July 26, 2011 · Updated November 13, 2015

Free Map of Ireland with 32 counties of Ireland numbered and listed.

Feel free to print this map of Ireland for personal (non-profit) use. The map may also be used by webmasters for personal non-profit websites but a link back to this page must be included with the map. Thank you and enjoy!

Map of Counties in Ireland in alphabetical order


32 county Map of Ireland

1. Antrim 2. Armagh 3. Carlow
4. Cavan 5. Clare 6. Cork
7. Derry 8. Donegal 9. Down
10. Dublin 11. Fermanagh 12. Galway
13. Kerry 14. Kildare 15. Kilkenny
16. Laois 17. Leitrim 18. Limerick
19. Longford 20. Louth 21. Mayo
22. Meath 23. Monaghan 24. Offaly
25. Roscommon 26. Sligo 27. Tipperary
28. Tyrone 29. Waterford 30. Westmeath
31. Wexford 32. Wicklow

Counties and Provinces of Ireland


The four provinces of Ireland are Leinster (East), Ulster (North), Munster (South West, West) and Connaught (West).

County (Eng) County (Gaelic) County Town
Galway Gaillimh Galway
Leitrim Liatroim Carrick-on-Shannon
Mayo Maigh Eo Castlebar
Roscommon Ros Comán Roscommon
Sligo Sligeach Sligo
County (Eng) County (Gaelic) County Town
Carlow Ceatharlach Carlow
Dublin Baile Átha Cliath Dublin
Kildare Cill Dara Naas
Kilkenny Cill Chainnigh Kilkenny
Laois Laois Portlaoighise
Longford Longfort Longford
Louth Dundalk
Meath Trim
Offaly Ua Fáilghe Tullamore
Westmeath Iarmhí Mullingar
Wexford Loch Garman Wexford
Wicklow Cill Mhantáin Wicklow
County (Eng) County (Gaelic) County Town
Clare Clár Ennis
Cork Corcaigh Cork
Kerry Ciarraí Tralee
Limerick Luimneach Limerick
Tipperary Tiobraid Arainn Clonmel
Waterford Port Lairge Waterford
County (Eng) County (Gaelic) County Town
Antrim Aontroim Belfast
Armagh Árd Mhacha Armagh
Cavan Cabhán Cavan
Down Dún Downpatrick
Fermanagh Fir Manach Enniskillen
Derry Doire Derry
Donegal Dún na nGall Lifford
Monaghan Muineacháin Monaghan
Tyrone Tir Eoghain Omagh

Blank Map Of Ireland

Please feel free to use these plain maps for your school projects and Irish geography quizzes. Click on the images to see a larger versions for printing in your browser.

Outline Map Of Ireland – Ulster Counties

Plain Map Of Ireland – Connaught

Plain Map  – Leinster

Blank Map of Munster

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Province and County Maps of Ireland:

We will add individual maps of each Irish province. If they prove popular we will add maps for each county of Ireland.

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John Philip Holland Irish Inventor of the Submarine

John Philip Holland 1841 – 1914 Submarine Torpedo Boat : 1888

Inventor of first successful submarine, the ‘Fenian Ram’. John Holland was born on 24 February, 1841 in Co. Clare.

John Philip Holland’s father was a Coast Guard, giving John a love of the sea that was to stay with him. He joined the Christian Brothers and was assigned to the North Monastery school in Cork where he met Brother James Dominic Burke. Brother Burke was interested in science and submarines. In fact he used to demonstrate the powers of electricity in underwater propulsion in public exhibitions. Encouraged by Brother Burke, Holland began to work on his own inventions and submarine designs. He became well known for his inventions: old pupils recalled how he constructed a mechanical duck, resembling an ordinary duck, that could walk about in the garden and when put in water could swim, dive and come to the surface again!

However, it wasn’t until Holland joined his family in Boston in 1873 that he was able to do anything with this work. His brother Michael was active in the Fenian Brotherhood. The Fenians wanted a small submarine that could be sealifted on a large merchant ship to an area near an unsuspecting British warship. The plan was to release the submarine to attack the ship, then return to base. John’s drawings and ideas seemed to fit the bill, so in 1876 John was funded by the Fenians for the research and development of the ‘Fenian Ram’, which was launched in 1881. Disagreements arose over the money spent on the project and Holland and the Fenians parted company. His next submarine was with Zalinski’s Pneumatic Gun Company. The Zalinski Boat, built in 1885, was armed with a pneumatic gun.

Holland entered several Navy competitions for a viable submarine, even winning one but no contract came of it. Discouraged, Holland turned his attention to the problems of mechanical flight, something that he worked on until his death. However, he was unable to let go of his dream of a Navy submarine. In 1893, he got his wish, building the Plunger. However , red-tape and military requirements doomed the project to failure and Holland abandoned it. Finally in 1896, Holland was able to build his latest design as a Private Venture with no Navy interference. The Holland VI was launched for sea-trials on May 17,1897.

Finally, the Navy Department purchased this submarine, paying only half of what it cost Holland to develop it. This purchase led to the creation of The United States Submarine Service on April 11, 1900. The Holland VI was commissioned as USS Holland on October 12, 1900 and later given the designation SS-1. Great Britain, Japan and the Netherlands followed America’s suit and bought Holland’s designs. Sadly, like many great inventors, business men took over his work and pushed him out into the cold. A lawsuit in 1904 prevented Holland ever working on submarines again. Beaten, John Holland began to design aircraft, only to have the Wright brothers beat him to the punch. Proper recognition for his invaluable contribution to Naval design only came after his death and John Holland died a poor and broken man.

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Nicholas Callan Irish Inventor of the Induction Coil

Nicholas Callan was born on December 22, 1799, at Darver, near Dundalk. He was destined for the priesthood from an early age, serving as an altar boy and Mass server before he started his priesthood at Navan seminary. He entered St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1816 where one of his teachers was Dr. Cornelius Denvir, who got him interested in the emerging sciences of electricity and magnetism. In 1823, after his ordination, he went to study in Rome where he was intrigued by the work of Galvani and Volta, two of the key pioneers in the study of electricity. In 1826, Callan returned to Maynooth after being appointed to the chair of natural Philosophy (the old name for Physics). He remained in that post until his death.


He set up a laboratory in the basement of Maynooth College, and soon added another terror to the life of the seminarians: electrocution. As there were no instruments available at that time to measure the strength of the current or the voltage, ever resourceful, Callan decided to use the students! His unfortunate victims included Charles Russell, later President of Maynooth, who was put into the hospital after receiving several ‘doses’ of electricity, and William Walsh, who later became Archbishop of Dublin, who was knocked unconscious by one jolt. After knocking out Walsh, Callan was banned from using students again and afterwards resorted to using chickens instead.

The Induction Coil

In 1836, Callan had his major breakthrough: the induction coil. He took a horseshoe shaped iron bar and wound it tightly with thin insulated wire, then loosely wound thick insulated wire over the top. He discovered that when he interrupted the current sent through the thick wire (primary coil), a high voltage current was generated in the unconnected thin wire (secondary coil). This is how a transformer works, going from low voltage in the first coil to high voltage in the second coil. Callan discovered that the faster that he interrupted the current, the bigger the spark. In 1837, he built a giant induction machine that could interrupt the current 20 times a second. It generated 15-inch sparks at around 600,000 volts, and was the largest artificial bolt of lightning seen at that time.

The Maynooth Battery

Since batteries at that time could not produce enough power for Callan, he invented his own: the ‘Maynooth’ battery in 1854 and the single fluid cell in 1855. Previous batteries used a Zinc plate and Platinum (which worked but was expensive) or Carbon (which was cheap but did not really work). Callan used a treated cast-iron instead. His first battery put the zinc in a filled porous pot in the centre of a filled cast-iron casing. He later realised he could get rid of the pot and one of the fluids and just put the zinc inside an acid-filled cast-iron casing to achieve the same result. Unable to measure the voltage, Callan measured the batteries power by connecting them to an electromagnet and seeing what they could lift. His best battery lifted two tons! Again he tortured seminarians by making them do tugs of war against the electro-magnet, switching off the power just when they made their greatest effort, dropping them on the floor to the amusement of himself and the onlookers.

Electric Motors

He also built electric motors, travelling around his lab on an electric-powered trolley, and worked on creating an electric train, but was forced to admit that even his batteries were not powerful enough to run it.

He was an eccentric but a genius and he was summed up beautifully by one worried student: ‘Many are afraid he will blow up the College…but he is a very holy priest.’ Callan died from natural causes at Maynooth on January 10 th 1864.


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Grace by Joseph Plunkett – Song and Lyrics

by Peter · Published March 28, 2015 · Updated November 19, 2015

To Grace Gifford from Joseph Plunkett, the poet and rebel, the following verse of a poem he wrote to her. The song that follows was written to commemorate the fact that he married his fiancée, Grace, just four hours before he was executed for his participation in the GPO uprising. A was a beautiful way to show how much he loved her, and a reminder of the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who struggled for Ireland’s independence. Lyrics below


Lyrics to Grace

As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail I think about these past few weeks, oh will they say we’ve failed? From our school days they have told us we must yearn for liberty

Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me


Bombing of The GPO

Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I place this wedding ring upon your finger

There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

Now I know it’s hard for you my love to ever understand The love I bare for these brave men, the love for my dear land But when Pádraic called me to his side down in the GPO

I had to leave my own sick bed, to him I had to go


Joseph Mary Plunkett

Oh, Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger

There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

Now as the dawn is breaking, my heart is breaking too On this May morn as I walk out, my thoughts will be of you And I’ll write some words upon the wall so everyone will know

I loved so much that I could see his blood upon the rose.

Oh, Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die With all my love I’ll place this wedding ring upon your finger There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye

For we must say goodbye

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