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Ireland 100 years ago


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Ireland 100 years ago

Ireland 100 years ago

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Waterford is the oldest city in all of Ireland, established back in 914. One thousand years later and the city is still the fifth largest in the country. Of course, these days, Waterford is best known for its crystal. Sadly, Waterford Crystal shut down its factory in the town in 2009 after operating in the town for over 225 years. Thanks to the Waterford City Council and Waterford Chamber of Commerce, though, guests can now visit The Waterford Crystal Visitor Center instead.

The River Dargle is named An Deargail in Gaelic, which translates to “little red spot.” While it’s not obvious in this photograph, the name is a reference to the fact that most rocks in the river are tinted red. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

The entire center of County Wicklow is made up of the Wicklow Mountains, which are naturally adorned with a number of rivers and stunning waterfalls like this one. This particular waterfall no longer exists since the Poulaphouca Reservoir was completed in 1940. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

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You might recognize this famous icon from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. The weird natural design is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The hot lava cooled so fast that it created deep, giant cracks that eventually broke into the columns you see today Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

While the beaches of Portrush are still a draw for tourists, the town is now also known for its dance clubs and Barry’s Amusements, the largest amusement park in Northern Ireland. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

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Amazingly, this rope bridge linking Carrick Island to the mainland is still in use. It has become a major tourist attraction. To be fair, though, it has been redesigned and improved over the years to make it safer. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

With its picturesque trees and waterfalls, Glenariff Forest Park is quite a popular tourist destination these days. The area is nicknamed “Queen of the Glens”—the largest and most beautiful glen in the county. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

While Belfast’s main shopping district was a popular target of IRA attacks in the seventies and eighties, most of the buildings in this image are still standing after all this time. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!

With the exception of some paint and some asphalt, this tiny country town (population: 85) looks largely the same as it did over 100 years ago. Read the full text here: www.mentalfloss.c... --brought to you by mental_floss!