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Working Tools of the 5th Dragoon Guards
Every Masonic Lodge has a collection of what are termed ‘Working
Tools’. They are copies of the types of tools used by stonemasons (or ‘operative
masons’) and are used in Masonic rituals to teach moral lessons to the
candidate undergoing a particular ‘degre...

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The presentation demonstrates the extremely long and varied history of the swastika symbol and provides context for the Irish examples where it was chiefly used during the Early Christian (6th - 11th centuries) and Medieval (15th century) periods. During these times it was utilised as a representation of the sun, a variant of the cross, along with communicating Christian ideas about resurrection. The presentation also examines the re-emergence of the swastika during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how that manifested itself in a variety of ways from swastika jewellery and general ‘good luck’ charms to eventually becoming synonymous with the evils of the Nazi regime. The presentation does not in any way attempt to ‘reclaim’ or normalise the swastika, but it does seek to address the possible futures for this contentious symbol.

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Burial 40 The Mound of the Hostages, Tara
Bipartite vase from Burial 40 at The Mound of the Hostages, Tara, Co. Meath. This burial was represented by a spread of cremated human bone. Analysis indicates that these represented two individuals. Two pottery vessels were associated with the burial – a t...

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Inside the Museum: Grand lodge of Ireland, Molesworth Street, Dublin
The last time I was in Dublin I had the good
fortune and a little spare time to visit the lovely museum at the Grand lodge of Ireland , on Molesworth Street.
The museum aims to give a broad outline of the history of Freemasonry in
Ireland, display some of t...

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Bronze Age burials at The Mound of the Hostages, Tara
Bronze Age pottery vessels from The Mound of the Hostages, Tara. Housed at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

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Inscribed Gravemarker
Inscribed gravemarker made from a reused quern (grinding) stone, 9th-10th century. Commemorates Sechnasach. Found at Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly, now in National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

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‘The excavation was a financial success’ | Irish Commercial Archaeology in 2015

This post continues my look at the financial health and history of commercial archaeology consultancies in the Republic of Ireland, examining their current state, and signs of recovery for the profession. It also examines the uneven distribution of the market, with one company out of 18 making up approximately half of the worth of the sector as a whole and how this has impacted attempts at gaining legal recognition for employees ... 
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