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Boxing Day or St. Stephen's?
December 26th is a bank holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but they are known by different names. Many of the customs surrounding this day have a common theme.
Celtic Spirituality and Ireland
Celtic spirituality has become synonymous with Irish spirituality. Certainly the former informs the latter in many ways. In this article we explore this contribution to Irish culture
City of Saints and Scholars
Dublin may be the capital of the the Republic of Ireland and Belfast the capital city of Northern Ireland. But the city of saints and scholars, Armagh, is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland.
Donegal Crolly Dolls
A bellaonline.com reader emailed a query about where she might buy a Crolly doll. So began a quest for the answer. It is a tale of Ireland's home cottage industries and post-modern Ireland as well as a merry chase for the curious.
Dublin for Free
Irish Culture lovers will be pleased to find that Dublin has a host of things to do and see that are free.
Every Day is Earth Day in a Global Geopark
Happy Earth Day! It's Earth Day every day in a Global Geopark. Ireland has three UNESCO designated Global Geoparks in recognition of the international importance of both the natural heritage and built heritage.
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.
Halloween Barm Brack
Barm brack, a sweet fruity yeast bread, is a traditional food in Ireland at Halloween. Enjoy it with a cup of tea, or as toast, or just plain.
How to Find a Fairy in Ireland
Fairies do not always come in the form of leprechauns. These earth elementals can be spotted in places of outstanding natural beauty. But be aware that now you see them, now you don't! They take a dim view of trespassers as well, nor do they lodge deeds of ownership with the Irish Land Registry.
Ireland's Last Witch
Technically, Biddy Early is not Ireland's last witch. But she is certainly the last person threatened with prosecution under witchcraft laws. Ireland's last witchcraft trial was held in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1865. Local 'cunning woman' Biddy Early was in the dock.
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