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Naturist Tourists in Ireland
Irish tourism is commonly associated with castles, leprechauns, Guinness and the craic. Well, an international conference of nudists chose Ireland from their annual meeting, which changes the Irish tourism map!

Northern Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney
While there are four Irish literary Nobel prize winners, only Seamus Heaney was born in Northern Ireland; he is also the only Irish Catholic Nobel literary laureate.

Ireland's Megaliths
No visitor to Ireland should miss seeing the magnificent site of Ireland's massive stone tombs or megalithic rocks. There are many types of megalithic rock or standing stones around Ireland, full or mystery and with a soulful resonance.

W. B. Yeats Sesquicentennial
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish literary giant William Butler Yeats. Yeats was the first Irish Nobel laureate of literature and remains a strong influence in Irish culture to this day.

Donegal Crolly Dolls
I received an email asking me, "Where can I get a Crolly Doll?" Good question. It has led me on a quest of sorts. As all quests in Ireland, the answer was not as straightforward as you might think.

The Hearth in the Irish Home
Maintaining a connection to nature's elements is characteristic of Irish culture. The open fire, or hearth, provided the gathering place where food, stories and music were shared, being the heartbeat transmitting of Irish culture.

A New Taste of Ireland
The 2014 Taste of Cavan food festival highlighted the many artisan food producers joining Ireland's agri-food sector. Irish food festivals reflect the subtle change in Ireland's food culture over the past two decades.

A ‘New’ Traditional Irish Food
Seaweed is now enjoying some 'super food' status. Many people don't consider seaweed as part of traditional Irish cuisine, but in the northwest of Ireland the culinary culture persisted. Now , a Sligo woman general practitioner, has created a culinary guide to seaweed.

What the Heck is a Fleadh and a Feis
Those mysterious, seeminingly unpronounceable words actually spell the magic of a grand competition and festival of traditional Irish music. And good craic! Now say it, Flah and fesh!

Generosity Is a Way of Irish Life
According to the Charities Aid Foundation, Ireland has featured in the top ten most generous countries in the world since 2010. This was despite, or perhaps even because, of the economic austerity measures and recession.

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