Hillsborough Castle

Hillsborough Castle, located in the up market town of Hillsborough in County Down is a beautiful 18th century Georgian mansion and the residence of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. It is also used by the Royal family when they visit Northern Ireland. History The castle was begun by Lord Hillsborough, Marquis of County …

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Funny Irish Poems

When one speaks of funny Irish poems most likely they are referring to limericks. They take their name from County Limerick in southern Ireland but why exactly we are not sure. One possibility is that because an early form of the poem had a standardized line inviting the hearer to visit the place. Limericks became …

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Enniskillen Castle

Enniskillen Castle is one of the famous castles of Ireland and a landmark site of the beautiful city of Enniskillen. Compared to other Irish castles it is not as old and battle scarred as the 12th century Carrickfergus Castle nor as new and elegant as the 18th century Belfast Castle. The earliest reference to the …

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The Mountains of Mourne: Granite rocks covered with honeybee inviting heather.

When I first heard about the famous Mountains of Mourne, I chuckled to myself “They call this a mountain?” Coming from mountainous and rugged Greece where you are closer to mountains than to the sea, I found the Mournes plain hills. Going up the Mournes however, humbled me. The environment is astonishing, the vicinity is …

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