“Blowing in the Wind.”

A Clew Bay Pipe Band Piper blowing hard at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade held on Achill Island, Ireland.
Photo Credit: Photograph by National Geographic.

“Rebecca and Amazing Grace.”

Photographer: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Location: Newgrange, Ireland.
Rebecca Smith poses for a photograph during winter solstice with her Irish Wolfhound dog called Amazing Grace at the 5000 year old stone age tomb of Newgrange (not in view) in the Boyne Valley at sunrise in Newgrange, Ireland.
REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
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“Ireland’s Oldest Pub.”


Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s Oldest Pub
I visited more than 50 pubs around Ireland over the eight weeks my wife and I toured the country in the summers of 1997 and 1998.
I don’t recall being in any pub that had a selection of more than five beers: Guinness, Smithwick’s, Carlsberg, Kilkenny, Budweiser or Coors, and Murphy’s or Beamish.
The first three beers were available at all pubs and often those were the only three beers served.
In a tiny pub on Arranmore Island, County Donegal in 1997, when I commented about the small selection of beers, an old Irish man said to me,
“Too much choice is not necessarily a good thing”.
Sean’s Pub is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest pub in Ireland with ownership records dating back to 900 AD.
Source: A day in Athlone, Ireland

“The Spirit of Kilmainham Gaol”.


Kilmainham Gaol was a working and silent prison that housed men, women, and children, and was in operation from from 1787 until 1924.
The youngest child imprisoned at Kilmainham was believed to have been just seven years old. In the years of the harshest famines, people would intentionally break the law to enter the Gaol, in the hope that they would be fed while incarcerated, which led to severe overcrowding.
Women and children were forced to sleep on the floor in the corridors with no blankets while men were squeezed into cells that held up to five people at a time.
Kilmainham Gaol became notorious for its rebel prisoners. Irish Nationalists were sent in great numbers to the prison and almost every Irish Republican leader had been housed within its walls at one time or another, during its years of operation.
Many were executed there as well.
In 1916, during an event called the Easter Rising, Irish republican rebels took over the General Post Office and other locations in the heart of Dublin to protest being ruled by the British.
They held their positions for six days before surrendering. When they did surrender, the leaders were sent to Kilmainham Gaol. Once there, they were tried in secret, found guilty, and executed by firing squad in the yard.
All seven signatories on the Proclamation of Independence were shot at Kilmainham, including one who had just been married in the prison chapel and another who had to be tied to a chair due to his injuries.
But the executions, intended to quell the nationalist uprising, had the opposite effect. A movement that had before been the interest of only a few gained momentum and strength as word spread about these martyr-like executions, eventually leading to independence for the majority of Ireland just a few years later.
via Kilmainham Gaol | Atlas Obscura.

“The Art of Hugh Thomson”.


Hugh Thomson (1 June 1860 – 7 May 1920) was an Irish Illustrator born at Coleraine near Londonderry.
He is best known for his pen-and-ink illustrations of works by authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and J. M. Barrie.
Sir Dilberry Diddle.
Hugh Thomson, from Old English songs, with an introduction by Austin Dobson, London, 1894.
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“Achill Island, County Mayo”.

21257_1524242244512a76ab25cd7Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland.
Photo and caption by Glen McClure / National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.
See more great pics via 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II – In Focus – The Atlantic.