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The Fields of Athenry

The Fields of Athenry

The Fields of Athenry is a folk song about the Great Irish Famine, of the 1840s and tells a story through first-person narrative. The song, which was first recorded by Irish ballad singer Danny Doyle, recounts the tale of a prisoner who has been sentenced to transportation to Botany Bay, Australia, for stealing food to feed his starving family.

Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)

GAA

The modern governing body of Gaelic sports in Ireland is the Gaelic Athletic Association or GAA which organises the sports of hurling and [gaelic] football throughout Ireland (and many parts of the world).

Tracing Your Irish Roots

Tracing Your Irish Roots

Some tips for tracing your family tree.

The Black Stuff

The Black Stuff

Stout, or The Black Stuff, has been closely associated with Ireland for decades with its most popular variety, Guinness, ranking high as Ireland’s most famous export.

Irish Stew Recipe from Frank Coughlan

Irish Stew Recipe from Frank Coughlan

An Irish Stew Recipe from a supporter of the CICS.

An Bhratach Náisiúnta – Flag of Ireland

An Bhratach Náisiúnta

There are a number of flags that represent Ireland, from the Red Saltire that represents the Cross of Saint Patrick to the shamrock-crested green banner that represents the Ireland rugby team. The national flag of Ireland, or ‘An Bhratach Náisiúnta’, is the official flag of the Irish Republic.

Varieties of Irish Gaelic

Varieties of Irish Gaelic

Old Irish was the language of Ireland’s “Golden Age”, and its classical phase is generally assigned to the period AD 700-850. Old Irish evolved into Middle Irish, the language of the late Viking and post-Viking period. In comparison with Old Irish, Middle Irish is characterized by a simplification of the inflections of noun and verb and of the system of pronouns.

Irish Contribution to Literature

Irish Contribution to Literature

While the English language reached Ireland during the Middle Ages, the first major flowering of English literature in Ireland came during the eighteenth century.

History of Irish Gaelic

History of Irish Gaelic

Irish is a Celtic language and, as such, is a member of the Indo-European family of languages. Within the Celtic group, it belongs to the Goidelic branch of insular Celtic. Irish has evolved from a form of Celtic introduced into Ireland during the great Celtic migrations between the end of the second millennium and the fourth century BC.

Resources: Irish Dancing

Resources: Irish Dancing

Irish dancing has seen a major boost in recent years with the global success of Riverdance and, Michael Flatley’s, Lord of the Dance. There are three dance schools that operate in Crawley who wish to extend their welcome for more participants.

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