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The Start of the Christmas Season!

As Autumn draws to a finish and the short wintry evenings close in, a sense of festive feeling has arrived. Many have already began their Christmas shopping and some have even gone as far as putting their tree up! This time of year provides an invaluable opportunity to appreciate and spend time with our families. […]

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World War 1

World War 1 began on July 28, 1914. The conflict lasted four years, three months and 14 days, ending on November 11, 1918. The war began because of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. He was heir to throne of Austria-Hungary and his death was the immediate cause of World War One. The War ended at 11am on […]

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The Ninth President of Ireland

With the counting almost finished and the result all but clear, the incumbent Michael D. Higgins is set to be re-elected the President of Ireland with a share of almost 58%. Despite the fact that the role is largely ceremonial, the President plays an important role in connecting the people of Ireland, both at home […]

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Surnames Today

There are many different origins for Irish names today but the vast majority can be broken down into either of three categories: Gaelic Irish, Cambro-Norman, and finally Anglo-Irish. It always prompts the question, which names are the most common in Ireland? The Table below gives a listing of the 40 most common names found in […]

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Remembering Your Holiday/Vacation in Ireland

The summer period is without doubt the busiest time for tourism in Ireland. Americans, Australians, Europeans and many more descend on the Emerald Isle which many of their ancestors came from. For many, it can be a very fulfilling experience to learn about their family history. For those with no particular connection to Ireland, the […]

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Father’s Day

This Sunday, sons and daughters will be given the chance to give something back to their fathers. In our fast-moving lives of the 21st century, we sometimes can be guilty of forgetting to show our love and appreciation to our parents. If anything, days like Father’s day have grown in importance as they remind us […]

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Time to Celebrate the Emerald Isle.

We are fast approaching St. Patrick’s Day.  The one day of the year where millions of people around the world of Irish nationality and descent come together to show their pride in their heritage. From Abu Dhabi to Boston all the way back to Portarlington, parades will take place to celebrate the country that so […]

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Valentine’s Day gifts

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture […]

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Bring the world renowned scenery of Ireland into your home

The Emerald Isle has long been regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful countries. Often underestimated, Ireland has so much to offer with coastal drives, countless ancient historical locations and sheer beauty in nature to mention a few. Our coastal towns are surrounded by picturesque beaches and turquoise seas. Our countryside is layered in […]

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A Tale of Two Counties

Each story is unique and that certainly is the case when it comes to the heritage and culture of our town-lands.  Each town and each county certainly has its own story to tell.  Our own counties of Laois and Offaly were of course once known as Queen’s County and King’s County respectively. Laois was named […]

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