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Why is the shamrock Ireland’s national emblem?

May 18, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

The shamrock is believed to have become the national emblem of Ireland as the result of a traditional incident in the life of St. Patrick. The patron saint of Ireland, it is said, appeared in 433 A.D. before a large group of Irish pagan chieftains and druids assembled on Slane Hill near Tarn. During one …

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How did a spider save Scotland?

May 15, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

In 1306 Robert Bruce, or Robert the Bruce, was crowned King of Scotland. Soon afterward his forces were routed by the English and he fled from the country, taking refuge on Rathlin Island off Antrim in Ireland. He was concealed for a long time in what is now known as Bruce’s Castle on this island …