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James Joyce’s Bloomsday, in honor of Ulysses – 16th June

Bloomsday, held annually on 16 June, marks the day in which the life of Irish writer, James Joyce, is celebrated. The 16th of June is not the date of Joyce’s death or birth – it’s actually the day on which the events of his most famous novel, Ulysses, are set. I’m sure, like a lot of other events on the ... Read More »

Win Bits N Pieces, by Monaghan Fiddler Donal McCague

Donal was kind enough a few months ago to offer a couple of his tracks for you to download for free right here on GotIreland.com. Now he has gone one better for one lucky reader – you have the chance to win his 2011 album, Bits ‘n’ Pieces. All you have to do to be entered to win this CD ... Read More »

Linehan’s Hand-Made Shandon Sweets, Cork City

I passed Linehans handmade sweets on my way to and from St. Anne’s Shandon Tower. This little sweet shop is just around the corner from the church. I grew up living on these sweets, and yes, I still have all my teeth 🙂 but I never knew they came from just across the river, where they have been made since ... Read More »

10 Unique Irish Gifts To Give Your Loved Ones

Aran Sweater

[sc:corkcity_300 ] People always ask me for ideas about what they can bring back from Ireland for a loved one, particularly for things that I would describe as unique Irish gifts. Of course, what you end up buying/giving is a very personal decision, and finding the right gift can depend greatly on the person you're buying it for. People's tastes ... Read More »

Dublin Castle: At the very heart of Irish history

“Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served ... Read More »

The Ruined Farmhouses of Ireland

Can you believe a family once lived here? There are ruined farmhouses like this one all over Ireland. These days many stand in ruin, wasting away and being used as makeshift farm walls, or a place for farmers to store a few things. What do you think – should some of them be restored to their former glory? Or should ... Read More »

Catholic Mass Rock – A place to celebrate Mass during Penal Times

Penal Laws were imposed by the ruling British on Irish Roman Catholics during the 1600’s and 1700’s, in a bid to force people to accept the reformed Christian faith. The laws were very restrictive and have had a long and lasting effect on the daily life of Irish Catholics. The laws included: -Restrictions on how children of Catholics were educated ... Read More »

Charity Single by The Outside Track – The Mountain Road

For those of you that enjoyed the free track that ‘The Outside Track’ offered for free download on this website previously, you may want to check out their latest single “The Mountain Road” which you can listen to and buy from the links below. The song is beautiful and costs only $1, but the best part about it, is that ... Read More »