The Irish tricolor flag, created in 1848, was designed to reflect the country's political realities. Orange stands for Irish Protestants, green for Irish Catholics and the white stripe for the hope that peace might eventually be reached between them.
Dublin's official date of establishment was in 988 A.D. although evidence of it's existence dates back to the second century in which it was named Eblana. By the end of the 17th century a remarkable growth began with Protestant refugees from the European continent pouring into Dublin. After Independence, in 1916 Dublin became the political, economic, and cultural center of Ireland.
Cork. Visitors can kiss the stone, and so gain the poetic speech and ability to spin a fine tale for which the irish are famous. Hence the term 'Blarney' meaning a beautiful, but probably 'tall' tale.
The quintessential Irish dish, Irish stew can provoke heated discussion among people in Ireland about its ingredients. They do vary a lot from recipe to recipe, but all are agreed that the meat is always lamb (or mutton) and there must be onions and potatoes.
The Shamrock was used to explain The Holy Trinity
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The site of St. Patrick's Cathedral is said to be the earliest Christian site in Ireland, where St. Patrick baptized converts
Cromwellian conquest of Ireland, 1642 - 1651