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Ireland

The Emerald Isle

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A beautiful island situated in the Atlantic Ocean just west of England, it’s famous for Guinness and the cheerful Irish music that lightens the step. But Ireland’s history has been chequered and one of the lesser-known facts is that the Irish were taken as slaves to the USA before black slavery began. The Irish were more harshly treated than any other people and many politicians don’t want us to know this.

Repeatedly Invaded since the bronze age by the Gauls, Saxons and English, Ireland was divided into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in 1920. Saint Patrick introduced Christianity in 432 and the country became a centre of Gaelic and

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Love de Irish

Humour

An Englishman was shot in the head with a starting pistol; police said it was definitely race related.

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Due to a water shortage in Ireland, Dublin swimming baths have announced they are closing lanes 7 and 8.

I got a letter from Screw Fix Direct thanking me for my interest, but explaining they were not a dating agency.

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Paddy thought his new girlfriend might be the one but after looking through her knickers drawer and finding a nurse’s outfit, a French maid’s outfit, and a policewoman’s uniform, he finally decided if she can’t hold down a job, she’s not for him.

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I got sacked from my job as a bingo caller the other day, apparently

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Cork

The merry Irish from Corcaigh – Cork is a county in Ireland, and the main city – the only city within its borders – is also named Cork, but is referred to as Cork City. This follows a pattern here, where the county and the main city or town are named the same. In 1995, Cork was designated Europe’s Capital of Culture, which meant lots of art, music, theatre, dancing, singing, literature, and children’s performances. It is a vibrant little place, with a university and plenty of historical features like churches, and castles, which are particularly interesting to a non-European visitor, because we just don’t have those.

The main drag is going very ‘art deco’ and has only recently been

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Dublin

Heart of the mystical isle

The Irish have a reputation for enjoying their drink, and Dublin holds the title of the most money spent per capita on alcohol in Europe. Not just that, but they are proud of it too. The Irish economy is growing fast, and Dublin is the hub. With Ireland only having four million people in it, Dublin is home to most of them with just over a million residents.

The scenery The River Liffey is chocka block with shopping trolleys, and is not the cleanest thing around. But, a river nonetheless. The same river that seems to snatch people in grimly old Irish novels causing certain death by instilling dampness in their lungs, however once outside

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Forgotten history

THE FORGOTTEN IRISH SLAVES

They came as slaves: human cargo transported on British ships bound for the Americas. They were shipped by the hundreds of thousands and included men, women, and even the youngest of children.

Whenever they rebelled or even disobeyed an order, they were punished in the harshest ways. Slave owners would hang their human property by their hands and set their hands or feet on fire as one form of punishment. Some were burned alive and had their heads placed on pikes in the marketplace as a warning to other captives.

We don’t really need to go through all of the gory details, do we? We know all too well the atrocities of the African slave trade.

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