Ever wanted to know how Irish people wrote before they adopted the Roman Alphabet? This is the 'Ogham Alphabet' and its how the pre-Irish used to write. This book, the "Book of Ballymote", dates to at least 1st Century BC.

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Newgrange passage tomb is one of Ireland’s most important and oldest archaeological sites. This photograph was taken before the excavation that uncovered the roof box through which the winter solstice sun lights up the ancient tomb. Format: Glass Negative Date: ca. 1904 - 1910 The interior is amazing but the passage to get there is incredibly claustrophobic. (Source: irish-history)

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+~+~ Vintage Photograph ~+~+ Irish Travellers on their way to the Cahirmee Horse Fair in Buttevant, Co. Cork. July 1954.

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Clonmacnois Cross The famous 9th century Celtic cross of King Flann, High King of Ireland, depicts St. Columba between two angels, the Last Judgement, Christ with Peter and Paul and the founding of the monastery with St. Ciaran and King Dermot.

Countess Markievicz played an active part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and in post-1916 Irish history. Born in 1868 as Constance Gore-Booth, Countess Markievicz was sentenced to death for her part in the Easter Uprising but had the sentence commuted to life imprisonment on account of her gender. She died in 1927. It is estimated that over 250,000 people lined the streets for her funeral.

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