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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.

Ireland's Megaliths
Most regions in Ireland have some examples of megalith. No trip to Ireland is complete without visiting these huge rocks that have so much mysterious, soulful energy. Megalithic tombs come in many shapes and sizes from majestic passage tombs to hilltop cairns or a dolmen in cow field.

Irish Author Dermot Healy Dies Aged 66
The Irish nation is saddened at the passing this week of author Dermot Healy. While Seamus Heaney was Irelandís international literary star, it was Healy who was a national star, one who was actively engaged in cultivating the next generation of Irish writers. His contribution to the Irish arts wi

Irish Christmas Carols and Music
While many of the old Christmas Carol chestnuts are popular in Ireland, this article will alert you to some carols composed in Ireland or by Irish musicians. There are ancient and very modern Irish Christmas songs.

Irish Halloween or Samhain
Halloween, or Samhain, used to be the Celtic New Year. It is still an important festival in the Irish calendar, warranting, like St. Patrick's Day, a bank holiday. The ancient traditions always get a modern twist!

Irish Referendum Day 2015
May 22nd 2015 is a day when Irish citizens will vote on the 34th and 35th amendments to the Irish constitution. Whether Marriage Equality passes with a majority 'yes' or not, the campaign has shown the sea change in Irish contemporary culture.

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