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Gold ring brooch found near Dingle Co. Kerry

The National Museum of Ireland has announced that a medieval gold ring brooch acquired in 2016 is to be sent…

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Wayside funerary crosses, an ancient tradition from Kilmore, Co. Wexford

In the parish of Kilmore, in the very south of Co. Wexford, persists a peculiar funerary custom that may have…

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Evidence for prehistoric human dismemberment found at Carrowkeel

A new analysis of bones taken from a century-old excavation at Carrowkeel in County Sligo has revealed evidence of the…

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Decorated initials from a 9th century Irish manuscript

This wonderful collection of decorated initials is found on a 9th century Irish manuscript which now resides at the Abbey…

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The Fairy King’s advice on Trees. A poem from Early Ireland

This medieval Irish poem about trees is taken from a text known as Aidedh Ferghusa meic Léide (the Death of…

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False burials and dangerous water: Whit Sunday in Irish Folklore

Whit Sunday (or Whitsun) is an important Christian festival that celebrates the Pentecost. It normally falls on the seventh Sunday…

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Viking Age Utensils from Waterford city

This fantastically preserved collection of household utensils was discovered during archaeological excavations in Waterford city. It includes two wooden spoons,…

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Muiredach’s High Cross, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

The magnificent Muiredach’s cross at Monsterboice, Co. Louth. Standing at over over 5m tall, it represents one of the finest…

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An Unusual Medieval Grave Marker from Clonmacnoise

A rotary quern stone (hand-mill) for grinding grain which was reused as a grave marker at Clonmacnoise during early medieval…

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Raven Born & Wolf Singer: Some Old Irish Names from Ogham Stones

These Old Irish names are taken from the country’s corpus of ogham stones. Consisting of a series of incised linear lines,…