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A history of Ireland in 100 words campaign

A history of Ireland in 100 words is a book and now a touring exhibition and a citywide banner campaign.

Did you know Saint Columba could 'number the stars' and predict the course of the moon? How does a boat on the head compare to your bad hair day? Why might you need a helmet on a rainy day in Munster? From murder to beekeeping and everything between, discover how the Irish ate, drank, dressed, loved and lied.

This project tells a history of Ireland by looking at the development of a selection of medieval Irish words drawn from the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of the Irish Language. It explores the history of Gaelic Ireland through the words used by its people. It shows how people lived and how the described that experience in their own words, thus providing insights into moments of life that may be otherwise absent from the history books.

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