The Highlands of Scotland proved to be a natural recruiting ground for emigrants that were to help build North America during the 18th and 19th centuries.
“Single malt whisky has been produced in and associated with Scotland for more than five hundred years. It has long since been thought of as the country’s national drink and its fibres are intricately woven through the fabric of – particularly – rural life. The word itself is even a derivation of “uisge beatha” – a Gaelic expression meaning, “The water of life.””
Read the full article here: Blaand: Scotland’s National Drink Before Whisky
“The language of the ancient Akkad region, or modern-day Iraq, is considered a “dead language,” just like Ugaritic and Phoenician. All these dead tongues, however, fed into the Hebrew Bible, the most read book in history, and so they have a form of eternal life.”
Read the full article here: Why Dead Languages Like Akkadian Still Matter
“A collection of images depicting 16th century Irish people. Although the majority of figures illustrated are soldiers and warriors, there are also some fine pictures of women, especially by the Flemish artist, Lucas d’Heere. “
The full article here.
Pangur Bán is probably the most famous surviving poem from Early Ireland.
Read the poem here
“Bog butter is just that: butter made from cow’s milk that’s been buried in a bog, though, after thousands of years, it often has the consistency of cheese.”
“She’s a brown-eyed, brown-haired woman, with a face that would be right at home in the Mediterranean or the Middle East.
And she’s Irish.”