A portion of the Barony of Slievardagh, County Tipperary, Ireland as it appeared in the Down Survey maps. The new TCD site combines more than 2,000 of these small maps to create a comprehensive view of 17th century Ireland. Courtesy of the Map Library, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity Launches New Historical Mapping Site

Two centuries before the famed, but relatively benign Ordnance Survey (the national mapping project conducted by the British Royal Engineers between 1824-1846 and primarily responsible for the anglicization of many Irish place names), a lesser known survey was done of Ireland by the English with a much more malicious intent. From 1656-1658 the Cromwellian regime undertook the Down Survey in order...

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Grab the Torch announces a new scholarship in memory of Brian Harty (top right corner).

First Brian Harty Scholarship To Be Awarded by Grab the Torch

Announcing a new scholarship in honor of Brian Harty, an inspirational young man who passed away in 2010. In honor and memory of Brian Harty, a young man with an inspirational passion for leadership and volunteer work, Grab the Torch has established a new scholarship worth $2,000, which provides one female student ages 14-18 with the funding to attend the Grab the Torch camp at the Ethel Walker...

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Loop Head Lighthouse. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Fred

In the Loop: Loop Head Peninsula Named Best Place to Holiday in Ireland

Irish-Americans planning summer vacations home to “The Ould Sod” now have a new destination to add to their itineraries. The “Best Place in Ireland to Holiday,” according to a contest recently sponsored by the Irish Times, is not a well-known area such as Killarney or Derry city (which were two of the five finalists) but instead is the much-less-familiar Loop Head Peninsula. Where, you...

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James Joyce (and James Joyce, and James Joyce). Ulysses is ranked by Modern Library as the number one book of the 20th Century.

2013 Bloomsday Follows the Sun from Auckland to San Francisco

This Sunday, June 16th, is Bloomsday, the annual celebration of the events of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which is set on June 16, 1904. Since its inception in Dublin on the 50th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s fictional peregrinations, Bloomsday has followed the germinating spores of the Irish diaspora and become a worldwide phenomenon. While events in Dublin and New York tend to be the largest...

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Kevin Barry, author of the 2013 Impac Award-winning City of Bohane

Author Kevin Barry Wins 2013 Impac Literary Award

A little over a year ago, IA asked Kevin Barry what he would be doing if he weren’t a writer. He answered, “lumberjack.” But Barry, who was born in Limerick and currently lives in Sligo, won’t have to resort to deforesting northern Maine anytime soon (unless he wants to), because he is the just-named recipient of the 2013 International Impac Dublin Literary Award. The €100,000 award...

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