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Churching the Cow: Folklore from Co. Galway

These two fascinating folklore accounts from Co. Galway detail a practice known as ‘churching the cow’. It was carried out immediately after calving and was believed to protect the cow from harm or evil. The name of the ritual, ‘churching‘, is taking from a contemporary religious rite that was carried out after childbirth. Churching a […]

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Dunmore Castle, Co. Galway

The imposing ruins of Dunmore castle tower above the rolling fields of north Galway. Situated on a small hillock, the first castle at this site was built by the Anglo-Norman de-Birmingham family in the early 13th century. Designed as a bulwark against the native Irish, the castle was soon called into service. In 1249 Dunmore was […]

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Bronze Age dugout canoe, circa 2200 BC

  A history of Ireland in 100 objects Bronze Age dugout canoe by Fintan O’Toole (taken from the Irish Times Link) It is so long – 15m in all – that it cannot be photographed as a whole inside the National Museum of Ireland. The best image goes back to 1902, when it was taken in […]

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