Mise Eire visits a number of Ireland's most famous tales.

Irish Legends

The Claddagh

Claddagh (Irish: an Cladach, meaning "the shore") is an area close to the centre of Galway city, where the River Corrib meets Galway Bay. It was formerly a fishing village, just outside the old city walls. It is just across the river from the Spanish Arch, which was the location of regular fish markets where the locals supplied the city with seafood as recently as the end of the 19th century. People have been gathering seafood and fishing from the area for millennia. It is one of the oldest former fishing villages in Ireland - its existence having been recorded since the arrival of Christianity in the 5th century.

Immigration - The Irish arrive to America

Ellis Island Irish Ships to America 3
Irish Immigrants
Throughout the Famine years, nearly a million Irish arrived in the United States. Famine immigrants were the first big wave of poor refugees ever to arrive in the U.S. and Americans were simply overwhelmed. Upon arrival in America, the Irish found the going to be quite tough. With no one to help them, they immediately settled into the lowest rung of society and waged a daily battle for survival.
Annie Moore by Jeanne Rynhart
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From eighteen twenty to nineteen twenty, more than four million people left their native shores of Ireland bound for the Port of New York and a new life in America. When Ellis Island officially opened on January first, eighteen ninety two, the first passenger registered through the now world-famous immigration station was a young Irish girl named Annie Moore. Annie departed from Queenstown (County Cork, Ireland) on December twentieth, eighteen ninety one aboard the S.S. Nevada, one of one hundred and forty eight steerage passengers. Annie along with her two younger brothers would spend twelve days at sea (including Christmas Day), arriving in New York on Thursday evening, December thirty first. They were processed through Ellis Island the following morning, New Year's Day.

The 1916 Easter Rising

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