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HIST & MYTH: Europe's Neolithic Boyne Valley

Written by Ben Kesp
5,500 years ago our ancient ancestors left a remarkable legacy on the landscape at the edge of the River Boyne, Co. Meath, Ireland. The name of the complex – The Boyne Valley or in Irish, Brú na Bóinne. Referred to as the Jewel of Europe’s Neolithic period, it was to become the largest of the Megalithic sites in Europe dating back to the 35th century BC. Contained within are many ancient prehistoric monuments covered in a veil mystery as to their true purpose. These are not the oldest monuments within Ireland and the ancient site they sit on had been in use prior to their construction by Mesolithic hunters. 
Today archaeologists and historians are continuously confused and surprised at what the site was for and arrive at many theories for the uses and the purpose of its construction. Among the many features contained within the site are three large chamber tombs or temples aligned in a triangular form. The monuments were designed with precision engineering and …

CULTURE: Flight of the Huguenots to Ireland

Written by Ben Kesp 

Facing prosecution and slaughter for their religious beliefs, thousands of French Protestants were displaced from their country to seek refuge in foreign lands. What became a loss to France became an important gain for other countries. The mass exodus of people left a huge gap within society, creating a brain drain in France. The Huguenots as they were known by the 17th and 18th century prevailed and played vital and pivotal roles in banking, industry, trade, business, armies, science and engineering in their new found lands. 

Who were the Huguenots? 
The Huguenots were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th century. The inspiration for the French Protestants was the writings by the Calvinist Movement led by John Calvin in the 1530s. Where the name Huguenot came from is not entirely clear but there are several interpretations for its origins. However by the mid 16th century the protestant class were known as the Huguenots. O…