From Darkness into Light, Winter Solstice
Dec31

From Darkness into Light, Winter Solstice

This year the winter solstice in Ireland takes place at 8.58am GMT on Tuesday the 22nd of December. It will be the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Solstice literally means “Sun Stands Still”.  This is the suns lowest point of inclination in the northern hemisphere, where to ancient peoples, it would have appeared to stand still for days until it ascended by degrees back into their skies from the solstice...

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Hellfire Club Archaeological Dig Under Way
Oct10

Hellfire Club Archaeological Dig Under Way

We recently visited the Hellfire Club in Dublin to savour the views of the city on a clear Sunday autumn day. We were very excited to hear about the current archaeological dig taking place at the site. We’ve written about the Hellfire Club here on liveireland; its history & popularity for day time excursions. What strikes you about Montpelier hill is that the site must have been of significant importance due to its relative...

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Limerick hosts Pan Am workers reunion
Apr11

Limerick hosts Pan Am workers reunion

Stories and experiences of Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) and its unique relationship with Foynes are being shared in County Limerick where more than 350 former workers and associates of the airline have gathered. Organised by Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum and supported by Fáilte Ireland and the Shannon Region Conference & Sports Bureau the event, which runs tomorrow (Tuesday, 12 April) through Friday, represents...

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Marc Redmond: Then and Now, Ghosts of 1916
Mar27

Marc Redmond: Then and Now, Ghosts of 1916

Marc Redmond: Then and Now, Ghosts of 1916 A selection of superimposed Photos by Dublin photographic artist Marc Redmond.              ...

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Roger Casement letters go on public display in Clare
Mar23

Roger Casement letters go on public display in Clare

50 original letters to and from Roger Casement in the three years leading up to his execution are being placed on public display at Clare Museum from this Thursday (24th March 2016) as part of the 1916 Centenary Commemorative events hosted by Clare County Council’s Archives Service. The Roger Casement Papers, which date from Casement’s arrival in Germany in 1914 to the very month he leaves Germany in 1916 on the U-19 submarine, were...

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Researching Irish Roots
Mar03

Researching Irish Roots

Researching your Genealogy or family tree can be intriguing for some. From poet or policeman to proprietor, the more you learn about your ancestors the more you want to know. If your roots are embedded in Ireland, and you’ve begun to search your family tree, the recent announcement that over 10 million Catholic parish records, some dating back to the 17th century, have been digitised, indexed, and are currently available online, is...

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Lives of Ordinary People in 1916 Dublin to be Explored at Centenary Event in Christ Church Cathedral
Feb15

Lives of Ordinary People in 1916 Dublin to be Explored at Centenary Event in Christ Church Cathedral

The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster MLA, has indicated that she will attend a special 1916 Centenary event in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, next week. A state of chassis’ – Ordinary People in Extraordinary Circumstances in Dublin in 1916 takes place on Wednesday February 17 at 7.30 pm in the cathedral. The evening of engaging presentations by leading Irish historians with an opportunity for discussion is being...

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Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes
Dec30

Scientists Sequence First Ancient Irish Human Genomes

A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans, and the information buried within is already answering pivotal questions about the origins of Ireland’s people and their culture. The team sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman, who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from a later period,...

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Forgotten Dublin, The Stain Glass Window
Nov18

Forgotten Dublin, The Stain Glass Window

Amid a bank of Georgian buildings to be developed on Dublin’s Camden Street Upper is an imprisoned stain glass window. It depicts a central sun with decorative concentric rings. The circular masterpiece lies beside an extended arched doorway and sets the frontage of numbers 4-5 Camden Street Upper apart from the surrounding Georgian houses. The stain glassed window currently peeks through a protective steel grate. The building...

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Film ‘Ireland Birth of a Nation’ showing in schools around Ireland.
Nov18

Film ‘Ireland Birth of a Nation’ showing in schools around Ireland.

Film Showing Ireland Birth of a Nation film is currently mobile and being shown in primary and secondary schools around Ireland. With the 1916 Easter Rising centenary approaching, the film will also be available for public showings in community halls and other venues. The film can see as having two distinct parts. The first is the background to the 1916 Rising dating from the late nineteenth century with the rise of cultural...

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