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Do you know where the Kilkenny Hurling Team's nickname, the 'Cats', comes from? It refers to the incredible fighting spirit of the team, originating in a story about two stubborn cats — they fight to the death, eating each other up until only their tails were left! Quite the origins story for a team that reguarly triumph in the legendary Irish sport of hurling. Experience more of Kilkenny’s great stories to help you plan your adventure in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Did you know that the phrase 'by hook or by crook’ originated in Wexford? In the 17th century, invader Oliver Cromwell vowed that his armies would attack Waterford by the town of ‘Hook’ (on the Wexford side) or from ‘Crooke‘ (on the Waterford side). Let your imagination soar back to the days of Cromwell at Hook Lighthouse, or experience Wexford’s range of great stories this weekend in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Though commonly used today, the phrase ‘to pay through the nose’ has a surprisingly dark history, originating in Viking Waterford! Irish locals used to pay Vikings ‘nose money’ — in other words, protection money designed to ensure the locals did not part company with their noses. Experience Waterford’s great stories this weekend in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Towering majestically over the coastal town of Tramore, the giant Metal Man has presided on the eastern shoreline since 1823, protecting ships in stormy weather. According to local legends, he can be heard whispering ‘keep out, keep out’ in the wind! Learn the story of the Metal Man, and experience Waterford’s great stories this weekend in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Visit the fantastic Smithwick’s Experience in Kilkenny City. Head to this multi-sensory and interactive v...
Climb 115 steps to the balcony of Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, and soak up stunning views of the co...
Experience the King of the Vikings, an exciting and dynamic 3D virtual reality attraction. Visit this imp...
Find traces of the Vikings in Ireland... if you know where to look.
Pól O’Conghaile roadtests the beautiful new Waterford Greenway route for National Geographic Travel.
And that’s just a taste of the stories and experiences that await you as you plan your escape in Ireland’s Ancient East!
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