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The Giant Irish Elk That Wasn’t

I am flying back home to Ireland today, hopefully bringing some gorgeous Cretan blue sky and sunshine with me to brighten my return. I’ll be  bringing you something new and just a bit different next week, but until… Read More

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Junk Food Past and Present | The Diet of Our Ancient Irish Ancestors

“The menu for this evening is pasta or chicken nuggets and chips,” I announced, smiling smugly to myself. Two ten year old boys in the house; it was obvious what they’d choose. “Pasta!” they both chorused, much to… Read More

The Irish Wolfhound

Known as Cú Faoil in Irish, the wolfhound is the tallest breed of dog in the world. Originally used in battle to pull enemy warriors from horse-back or chariot, it was also renowned for hunting wolves, after which it is named, wild boar, deer and some stories even say, the Giant Irish Elk.

The Giant Irish Elk

Why are all things ancient and Irish always so complicated? For the giant Irish Elk turns out to be neither exclusively Irish, nor an elk. He was a species of Megaloceros,  and was the largest deer that ever… Read More