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Pota Phádraig or Patrick’s Pot — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Ordain a Statute to be Drunk And burn Tobacco free as Spunk And fat shall never be forgot In Usquebah, St Patrick’s Pot The custom of imbibing alcohol on St Patrick’s Day comes from an old Irish legend. As the story goes, St Patrick was served a measure of whiskey that was considerably less than […]Pota… Continue reading Pota Phádraig or Patrick’s Pot — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

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The Gaelic Harp — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

No musical instrument has ever had to carry so much baggage, surely, as the Irish harp. It has been the symbol both of Ireland under English rule and of the Irish Free State. Unadorned, on a green background, it was a rebel flag in 1916. While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has […]… Continue reading The Gaelic Harp — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

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Hy Brasil – The Lost Legendary Island of Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s. On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its name is derived from Old Irish hy, a variation of í, meaning ‘island’, and brasil, from […]… Continue reading Hy Brasil – The Lost Legendary Island of Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland