Irish History - Culture
What makes the Irish people unique? Is it their sense of humor? Their beautiful Gaelic language? The numerous myths and legends that have been passed down from generation to generation? It is true that over the centuries, the Irish people have suffered immense hardship through wars, famine and forced immigration. Irish soldiers were sent all over the world to fight the battles of other countries, their people were thrown out of their homes by English landlords and forced to 'Hell or to Connaught'.
Families were separated and sold as slaves to the highest bidder! How is it that the Irish have kept their immense sense of pride? How do Irish eyes keep smiling? The ancestors of Irish descendants today suffered severe hardship but their religious beliefs and love of their native land has resulted in a race of extremely strong willed people who have over the years proved they were prepared to die for their country rather than submit to becoming just another part of England. The country of Ireland has a long and often painful history.
Irish History - Potato Famine
The great potato famine also known as the potato blight reached its peak in Ireland in 1847 and has a huge impact on the history of Ireland. It caused death and mass emigration mainly to America. The famine of the 1840's was not the first potato famine in Irish history, the Famine of 1741 and 1822 both also killed hundreds of thousands of Irish people who relied on the potato as their main food source. Read about the Famine or Coffin Ships and the fate of the Irish people who travelled on them in search of a better life.
Irish History - The Flag Of Ireland
The flag of Ireland is more commonly known as the 'Tricolor' and it has three equal vertical bands of Green (hoist side), White and Orange. It is the national flag of the Republic of Ireland or Eire and was made official in 1937 when the Constitution of Ireland was adopted. Each of the three colors has a symbolic meaning. Click here to read about the different flags of Ireland and Northern Ireland and how the flags have changed throughout history.
Irish History - The Book of Kells
The Book of Kells is an amazing 9th Century manuscript also sometimes called the Book of Columba. The illustrated book is deeply symbolic to the Celtic people and to the history of this wonderful country. It contains illustrations of the four Gospels and was written in Latin. We have included a selection of images from this historic illuminated manuscript.