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The History of Valentine’s Day and the Irish Connection

The story of St. Valentine is not clear cut. There are many myths and legends that surround the “Patron Saint of Lovers”. While many are myths and legends that are unaccounted for, what remains is a portrait of a heroic romantic .The Catholic Church recognises several saints with the names Valentine or Valentinus. The Legends of St. ValentineOne account of St. Valentine is that he was a priest in Rome during the 3rd century. During this time, the ruling Emperor Claudius II believed that single men made much better soldiers compared to their married counterparts as a single man’s duty would be to serve and protect Rome and its conquests. By comparison, a married man held additional duties as a husband and father so the Emperor outlawed marriage for young men ... more
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Visitors Discover Ireland and its Thriving Tourism Industry

Tourism and the Economy Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry and it is directly responsible for more than 4% of our Gross National Product (GNP). An estimated 200,000 people are employed in the tourism industry in Ireland and 25% more people will be working in the tourism industry by the end of this year.Such is the value of the industry to the Irish economy that it generated €5.7 billion euro in revenue for the economy in 2013 and €1.4 billon euro directly benefits the exchequer through taxation.Overseas Visitors More than 6.7 million overseas visitors came to Ireland in 2013 which showed a 7% growth up from 2012. While they were here, they spent €4.3 billion euro. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) published figures for the first half of 2014 f ... more
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