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The Republic of Ireland


The Republic is the southern and western 26 of 32 counties on the island, independent from the UK since 1922.

The other 6 had been conceded to the British in 1921.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Irish culture has been modernizing to astound anyone.


• "Thanks a million" — a generous translation from Gaelic Irish....

Bishop William Casey begins the age of scandal in the Irish Catholic church....

Alice Kyteler, convicted witch...

Republicans attack Kilkenny castle, May 1922...

• "Don't work too hard." ...

Irish gestures...

• The Irish still love the potato....

• Irish Travellers, an ancient nomadic people...

• "Taking drink" — alcohol nomenclature...

• A politician must be seen gambling....

• There's always something to say about the weather....

Shooting pool in Ireland is different....

• The Irish are reticent about making a formal complaint....

• The difference between Charles Haughey and an Aran jumper...

Cursing in Ireland...

Mysteries of the Irish house — light-switches, taps, door-handles....