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5 Ways to Celebrate Ireland from Home

5 Ways to Celebrate Ireland from Home

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Posted Tue 7 Apr 2020 1:49 PM
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Have you ever thought of delving into the ancient history of Ireland?

Hopefully I can spark your interest by telling you a little bit about the earliest known inhabited site in Ireland where ancient Mesolithic man lived around 7,600 BC.

Irish History starts here!

The site at Mountsandel, one mile south-east of Coleraine, on the banks of the River Bann was excavated back in the 1970s and it was discovered that a group of hunter-gatherers lived in this settlement in huts made of wood and animal skins. They lived here all year round because of the abundance of food yielded by the river and the surrounding woods. This included salmon, eels, wild pigs, birds, nuts and berries. Hundreds of flint tools including axe heads, arrow heads and fish hooks were found at the site. The River Bann facilitated easy travel to the coast, about 4 miles downstream. This gave access to the beaches along the Causeway Coastline.

Beside the ancient site and the natural weir in the River Bann, there is the remains of an earthen Norman Fort, called Mountsandel Fort.

When the restrictions have been lifted, the Mountsandel Wood is a beautiful place to visit for a riverside walk. There are interpretation panels depicting what the huts would have looked like and timelines to show just how far back in history man inhabited these shores. It is a lovely quiet woodland that gives you an opportunity to step back in time and imagine life all those years ago.

If you would like to find out more about Mountsandel please visit: www.irisharchaeology.ie
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Hi Everyone, 

We've put together a pack of free online jigsaw puzzles, perfects for days inside.How many of these famous Belfast landmarks can you put back together? https://visitbelfast.com/article/belfast-jigsaw-puzzles/

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All those replies really inspired me and got me baking at the weekend.

Does anyone else tried a new recipe or have more to share?
I am hoping to have a go at the seafood chowder next weekend. 😋

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I love this thread so much! 😍

This weekend, I wanted to make some barmbrack in celebration of Halloween. 

My Irish mother-in-law and I followed the same recipe, from different kitchens on opposite sides of the pond.
We used this method from Donal Skehan and it was easy super easy to follow. 

It turned out really, and pairs nicely with a cup of Barry's tea. 

Note: for others making this recipe in the US, we don't have the equivalent of "mixed fruit" so I just used raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries, and dried dates. I cut up the larger fruits so it was all about the same size. It woked well that way, but you could just as easily use only raisins, ect. 

I also converted the recipe into cups -- it's about 1.5 cups of flour and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. 😊

10/10 recommend! Enjoy!

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A lovely looking Barmbrack, hope it tasted as good as it looks!

If it's sweet and traditional Irish bakes you like, have your ever tried Fifteens from Northern Ireland?

A recent video from Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen has all you need to know to make some for yourself.



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Learning Irish, the very beautiful and musical language, is certainly one of the best things we can do to celebrate Ireland from home! 🗣️

I have recently found an online beginners class for Irish held by Ireland Lucan Library.

Each Wednesday, for 8 weeks, there will be a free Irish class delivered on Zoom.

Learn Irish now! Foghlaim Gaeilge anois! 📖

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Don't forget to register your spot on the link! 

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