Michael Fassbender may currently be one of the world’s most famous and sought-after actors, but he still remembers the moment when he discovered he could act – when he was playing an ugly stepsister in a school production of "Cinderella" in his hometown of Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Gushing is the only way to describe the Hollywood star during his return home to Killarney last week to receive the town’s highest honor, The Order of Inisfallen.

The long history of Irish immigration to the United States is mixed. In 1928, two of my grandmother's brothers left Ireland for America. They never returned.

The elder was Tommy, 19, and the younger Edward, 16. He was known as Eddie and signed himself Ned. They were Mulligans, my mother's uncles. Their full names were Thomas Patrick Aloysius and Edward Mulligan, of Moyne, County Longford.

The long history of Irish immigration to the United States is mixed. In 1928, two of my grandmother's brothers left Ireland for America. They never returned.

The elder was Tommy, 19, and the younger Edward, 16. He was known as Eddie and signed himself Ned. They were Mulligans, my mother's uncles. Their full names were Thomas Patrick Aloysius and Edward Mulligan, of Moyne, County Longford.

While Christopher Columbus is generally credited with having "discovered" America in 1492, a 1521 Spanish report provides inklings of evidence that there were, in fact, Irish people settled in America prior to Columbus’ journey.

“Researchers feel certain that there was a colony of Irish folk living in what is now South Carolina when Christopher Columbus 'thought' he had discovered the New World,” writes Richard Thornton for The Examiner.

Halloween is nearly here! And with October 31 comes Samhain, the Celtic feast day from which Halloween as we know it was born.

The ancient Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter. Samhain was the division between these halves – the end of the Harvest, and the time when the veil between our world of the living and the world of the dead was at its thinnest.

Cobh Heritage Centre in Cobh, County Cork is opening its doors for free, on November 5 to 6 2016 to anyone whose ancestors departed from Cobh in the past.

Cobh was once the biggest port of emigration from Ireland, with more than 1.5 million people alone departing between 1845 and 1851, a story dramatically recalled at Cobh Heritage Centre’s Queenstown Story Exhibition, which takes you on an emigration and maritime journey from the 1600s right through to the 1950s.

A woman who was taken and put up for adoption by Irish nuns spent 44 years trying to track down her birth mother.

She was born in the notorious Bessborough home in County Cork where protests have been held and calls made to remember all the unmarried mothers and children who passed through there.

Catherine Deasy was separated from her mother by the nuns of the Bessborough Sacred Heart Convent in Cork as soon as she was born.

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