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World Art
The World Art blog contains a database of realist art from around the world. These paintings can be viewed country by country by clicking on the list of countries and themes down the right-hand side of the blog (144 countries - Over 400 artists - Over 1500 drawings and paintings - Themed pages e.g. children, demonstrations etc. - Over 300,000 hits from 160 countries since inception of database in March 2010).

History of Swords, Co Dublin
Swords / Sord Cholmcille: A Visual and Textual History is an illustrated history of Swords, County Dublin, Ireland from the 1790s to the present day compiled from my collection of historical photos and engravings, my photos, and other sites. It also contains published articles about Swords from the 1830s onwards. It is hoped it will be an invaluable aid to individuals, schools and academic institutions who are interested in Swords history and especially for the Irish diaspora who will remember the town from different periods in the past.

Family history research using various resources e.g. the National Library, National Archives, Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, Registry of Deeds, Military Archives, internet websites and local County Libraries

Irish Dances Simplified

The following dances are designed to reduce confusion and keep the number of moves or figures to a bare minimum. The full versions can be introduced later when the dancers have become familiar with the basics.

Food and Diet
A collection of resources and links relating to research on the Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet and Food Documentaries.
T. Colin Campbell's book, The China Study, examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel. The authors conclude that people who eat a whole-food, plant-based/vegan diet—avoiding all animal products, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases. They write that "eating foods that contain any cholesterol above 0 mg is unhealthy."

M. J. Quintana
Research into the life and work of the Spanish poet and writer Manuel José Quintana y Lorenzo (April 11, 1772 - March 11, 1857). Quintana was born at Madrid. After completing his studies at Salamanca he was called to the bar. The first volume of his Vidas de Españoles Célebres, containing lives of Spanish patriots, stirred the public imagination and secured Quintana the post of secretary to the Cortes during the French invasion. His proclamations and odes fanned the national enthusiasm into flame. But he was ill rewarded for his services, for on the return of Ferdinand VII he was imprisoned at Pamplona from 1814 to 1820. He was finally given a small post in the civil service, became tutor to Queen Isabella II, and was nominated senator. Though publicly crowned as the representative poet of Spain (1855), he seems to have lived in poverty. Quintana died at the age of 84.