Tag: Ireland

The Island of 5,000 years

An ancient tomb, described by archaeologists as ‘untouched’ and ‘highly unusual’ has been discovered on the Dingle Peninsula in Co Kerry, Ireland. The tomb was uncovered in recent days during land improvement works being carried out by a farmer.

The Unsinkable Violet Jessop

The sinking of the Titanic was a disaster of such massive proportions that it tends to eclipse the tales of two other luxury liners: its sister ships. When the Titanic was built, it was one three massive, celebrated passenger ships, all of which met disaster on the high seas.

The Victorian Workhouse

The Victorian Workhouse was an institution that was intended to provide work and shelter for poverty stricken people who had no means to support themselves. With the advent of the Poor Law system, Victorian workhouses, designed to deal with the issue of pauperism, in fact became prison systems detaining the most vulnerable in society.

Cuchulain the Irish Achilles

Among all the early pieces of literature of Europe, there are two which, at exactly opposite corners of the continent, display most strikingly similar characteristics. These are the Greek and the Irish, and the legend of the Irish champion Cuchulain bears so close a resemblance to the tale of Achilles as to win for this hero the title of ‘the Irish Achilles.’ Certainly in reckless courage, power of inspiring dread, sense of personal merit and frankness of speech the Irish hero is fully equal to the mighty Greek.

Mad Museum removes Irish Hero’s Hat

The museum removed the cap which had been on display for decades for ‘ethical reasons’ as it had visible signs of blood and organic brain matter that stained the original user’s headwear. Blood and organic matter residue are visible on the back of the cap at the point where the fatal bullet entered Collins’s head.