The Battle of Moira

On this day, 24th June in the year 637AD, the largest battle ever fought on Irish soil began. The battle was fought between Congal, the then High King of Ireland and his foster father, Domnall mac Áedo. It all started years earlier when Congal was blinded in one eye by a bee keeping accident. The... Continue Reading →

The Summer Solstice

This year the Summer Solstice falls on the 20th Jun. Solstices occur anytime from 20th to 22nd June, changing on leap years. During summer the day of the solstice is the longest day of the year. This day marks the first day of Summer for most of the worlds cultures but according to the Irish... Continue Reading →

Drogheda’s Fire Service

Recently the Old Drogheda Society acquired a fabulous piece of Drogheda history in the form of a Dennis F12 fire engine. So here’s a little history on the Drogheda Fire Service and its engines. Drogheda has seen several incarnations of fire services going back as far as the late 1700’s but it was 1879 when... Continue Reading →

The Boyne Obelisk

The Boyne Obelisk or King William’s Obelisk was a monument erected in 1736 to commemorate King William the Third’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne. The obelisk stood on the banks of the river Boyne where William made his famous crossing at Oldbridge in 1690. It was reportedly, 150 ft high including the rocky... Continue Reading →

April Fool’s Day

1st of April everyone enjoys a good practical joke and the Irish are particularly good at them, but did you know that Drogheda was the subject of one of the largest and craziest ever performed? The Railway Station here in Drogheda was not officially opened until 25 May 1844, although a trip was taken by... Continue Reading →

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is traditionally a very unlucky day. Here at Millmount, that got us thinking about luck; in particular bad luck and in Ireland we have our own special type of it called a “Piseog”. "Piseogs are evil magic, the working of badness on your neighbours or the taking away of his luck to... Continue Reading →

May Superstitions

THE MONTH OF MAY is an important time for many cultures throughout the world, but especially so in Ireland, where we have created many customs and traditions surrounding the month. Some of these customs have long since died out but some may still be practiced around the country. Below is a list of just some... Continue Reading →

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