Tag: Ireland

The Battle Of Clontarf: A Turning Point In Irish Medieval History

The Battle of Clontarf represented a turning point in Irish history as it was the day when the Norsemen were defeated by the Irish High King Brian Boru, as such putting an end to the Norse domination of Ireland. The battle took place on the April 23, 1014 at Clontarf, near modern-day Dublin, on the…


The History Of The Trim Castle

The Trim Castle is one of the oldest and most significant Norman strongholds built in Ireland. The structure was constructed over a period of 30 years after the Normans seized control of Ireland in the 12th century. The domains on which the castle stands today were given by the King of England, Henry II at…


The History Of The Rock Of Cashel, Ireland

The Rock of Cashel, a reputed historic site comprising a complex of spectacular Celtic buildings, is one of the most fantastic medieval constructions in Ireland. The Rock of Cashel is situated in southern Ireland (namely in Cashel, County Tipperary). According to the legend, it is said to have originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain that…


The Music Of Ireland: Jigs And Reels

The Music Of Ireland: Jigs and Reels is a compilation album by Michael Irish Band Feeny which includes fourteen beautiful Irish folk songs. The album is also available on Amazon here. Tracklist: The Maudabawn Chapel/Wild Irishman, the/Moher Reel (composed by Martin Byrnes) performed by Kevin Burke/Mícheál Ó Domhnaill 2:57 Paddy O’Brien’s/Scatter the Mud/Arthur Darley’s (performed by Gerald Trimble) 4:35 The Stone…


The Celtic Origins Of Halloween

What some people might not know about Halloween is the fact that it traces its roots from Celtic history. So it is that, initially, the holiday was largely related to the feasts influenced by Celtic harvest festivals in ancient Ireland, especially to the Gaelic Samhain, having thus pagan origins. Subsequently, Samhain was Christianised and became…