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Wicklow Moutains

The Wicklow Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chill Mhantáin,[1] archaic: Cualu) form the largest continuous upland area in the Republic of Ireland. They occupy the whole centre of County Wicklow and stretch outside its borders into the counties of Dublin, Wexford and Carlow. Where the mountains extend into County Dublin, they are known locally as the Dublin Mountains (Sléibhte Bhaile Átha Cliath). The highest peak is Lugnaquilla at 925 metres (3,035 feet).


Wiclow Mountains


Sheamus


Stephen Farrelly (born 28 January 1978 in Dublin) is an Irish wrestler (professional wrestler) and actor. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment in the SmackDown division as Sheamus.


He has been wrestling regularly since 2004 in Ireland and Great Britain in Irish Whip Wrestling, where he was the first International Heavyweight Champion, and in other federations. He joined the WWE in 2007.



Sheamus


Finn Balor



Fergal Devitt (born 25 July 1981 in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland) is an Irish wrestler. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment in the Raw division under the name Finn Bálor or The Demon King.



Finn Balor


Bloomsday


Bloomsday, in Irish Lá Bloom, is an Irish festival held every June 16 (in Dublin in particular) and whose purpose is to celebrate the life of the writer James Joyce.


It is not the date of Joyce's death that is celebrated on Bloomsday, but the date of the day on which the fictional events in Ulysses take place. The writer chose to date this story to the day of his "declaration of love" to his future wife, Nora Barnacle. The party is named after the fictional character Leopold Bloom



Bloomsday


Irish Jig

The jig (Irish: port, Scottish Gaelic: port-cruinn) is a form of lively folk dance in compound metre, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It is most associated with Irish music and dance. It first gained popularity in 16th-century Ireland and parts of Great Britain and was quickly adopted on mainland Europe where it eventually became the final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (the French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga).[3] Today it is most associated with Irish dance music, Scottish country dance and the Métis people in Canada.] Jigs were originally in duple compound metre, but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures by which they are often classified into groups, including double jigs , slip jigs and single jigs.

The Wicklow Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chill Mhantáin,[1] archaic: Cualu) form the largest continuous upland area in the Republic of Ireland. They occupy the whole centre of County Wicklow and stretch outside its borders into the counties of Dublin, Wexford and Carlow. Where the mountains extend into County Dublin, they are known locally as the Dublin Mountains (Sléibhte Bhaile Átha Cliath).[1] The highest peak is Lugnaquilla at 925 metres (3,035 feet).

The mountains are primarily composed of granite surrounded by an envelope of mica-schist and much older rocks such as quartzite. They were pushed up during the Caledonian orogeny at the start of the Devonian period and form part of the Leinster Chain, the largest continuous area of granite in Ireland and Britain. The mountains owe much of their present topography to the effects of the last ice age, which deepened the valleys and created corrie and ribbon lakes. Copper and lead have been the main metals mined in the mountains and a brief gold rush occurred in the 18th century. Several major river systems have their source in the mountains, such as the Liffey, Dargle, Slaney and Avoca rivers. Powerscourt Waterfall is the second tallest in Ireland at 121 metres (397 feet). A number of these rivers have been harnessed to create reservoirs for drinking water for Dublin and its surroundings.

The Wicklow Mountains experience a temperate oceanic climate with mild, damp summers and cool, wet winters. The dominant habitat of the uplands consists of blanket bog, heath and upland grassland. The uplands support a number of bird species, including merlin and peregrine falcon. The valleys are a mixture of coniferous and deciduous woodland.

The mountains have been inhabited since Neolithic times and a number of typical monuments, in particular a series of passage tombs, survive to the present day. The monastery at Glendalough, founded in the late 6th century by Saint Kevin, was an important centre of the Early Church in Ireland. Following the Norman invasion in the 12th century, the Wicklow Mountains became a stronghold and hiding place for Irish clans opposed to English rule. The O'Byrne and O'Toole families carried out a campaign of harassment against the settlers for almost five centuries. Later the mountains harboured rebels during the 1798 Rising. Rebel activity died out after the construction of the Wicklow Military Road at the start of the 19th century and the mountains began to attract tourists to the ruins at Glendalough and to admire the mountain scenery.

Wiclow Mountains


Stephen Farrelly (born 28 January 1978 in Dublin) is an Irish wrestler (professional wrestler) and actor. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment in the SmackDown division as Sheamus.


He has been wrestling regularly since 2004 in Ireland and Great Britain in Irish Whip Wrestling, where he was the first International Heavyweight Champion, and in other federations. He joined the WWE in 2007.


After a stint in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) where he won the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship, he began appearing on WWE's main event shows in the summer of 2009. He quickly became a two-time WWE Champion between 2009 and 2010 and winner of the 2010 King of the Ring tournament. He then became WWE United States Champion in 2011. In 2012, he won the Royal Rumble which allowed him to become a challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXVIII which he won. In 2014, he became WWE United States Champion for the second time. Then in 2015, he won the Money in the Bank briefcase entitling him to a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at any time and successfully used it to win that title. He teamed up with Cesaro with whom he won the Raw Tag Team Titles 4 times and the SmackDown Tag Team Titles once.


Fergal Devitt (born 25 July 1981 in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland) is an Irish wrestler. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment in the Raw division under the name Finn Bálor or The Demon King.


He is best known for working in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the name Prince Devitt, where he was a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, twice with Minoru and four times with Ryusuke Taguchi. He also emerged victorious twice at the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, in 2010 and 2013. He founded the famous Bullet Club and was a member of the Control Terrorism Unit (CTU).


Bloomsday was first celebrated on 16 June 19543 in Dublin by John Ryan (en), Anthony Cronin (en), Brian O'Nolan (Flann O'Brien), Patrick Kavanagh and Tom Joyce, a cousin of James Joyce. Since that day, James Joyce fans have dressed in early 20th century clothes and walked around the city quoting passages from the work. Bloomsday is, after St. Patrick's Day , the most important holiday celebrated by the Irish diaspora.

The jig (Irish: port, Scottish Gaelic: port-cruinn) is a lively folk dance form in compound meter, as well as the accompanying dance tune. It is most associated with Irish music and dance. It first gained popularity in 16th-century Ireland and parts of Britain[1][2] and was quickly adopted on the European continent where it became the last movement in the mature Baroque dance suite (the French jig; the Italian and Spanish giga)[3] Today it is mostly associated with Irish dance music, Scottish country dancing and the Métis people in Canada[4].

8), but have been adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they are often classified into groups, including double jigs (6/8), glissandi jigs (9/8) and single jigs (12/8).