Picture of Dr. Neenan and his hemp in the Irish Farmers Journal

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While some associate the 1960s with the emergence of cannabis culture in Ireland, it was also a seminal period for hemp. …


By Brian Houlihan

Bohemian’s new away jersey

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The Irish football team Bohemians who play their games at Dalymount Park in Dublin have unveiled their latest away kit. Such an announcement typically wouldn’t make news outside of Ireland but the decision to…


By Brian Houlihan

Irish Examiner - September 11th 1964

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In 1925 the Irish Free State participated in the Opium convention which was one of the first times cannabis prohibition was raised on the international stage. As stated during the conferences the Irish delegation…


By Brian Houlihan

Michael MacWhite (1883–1958)

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The 1925 Opium Convention was one of the first international conferences Ireland participated in. It was also a conference which helped shape international cannabis policy for the next century.

The 1920’s was a turbulent time in Ireland as the War of Independence (1919–1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922–1923) lead to independence and the establishment of the Irish State. …


By Brian Houlihan

Article in the Dublin Journal of Science

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In a previous blog I detailed the life and work of Sir. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy who helped introduce cannabis research into Western medicine. …


By Brian Houlihan

At least 42,500 hectares of hemp was grown in Europe in 2017

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Ireland like many of its European counterparts has seen its hemp industry grow steadily in the last few years. In 2017 the total amount grown in Europe was estimated at 42,500 hectares. …


By Brian Houlihan

Donegal News — April 1943

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During the 1940’s many countries across the world experienced hemp shortages and Ireland was no exception. The outbreak of World War Two and the geopolitical turmoil this caused played a large role in these…


By Brian Houlihan

Hemp growing in Meath (2017)

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Occasionally I post old Irish newspaper articles to our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These stories are a snippet of history which are insightful and sometimes funny. …


By Brian Houlihan

Alex Baizert with a copy of Gino Kenny’s medical cannabis bill.

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Over the past decade members of the public have emerged to share their medical cannabis stories. Some are household names like Vera Twomey while others are not. …


By Brian Houlihan

Picture in ‘The Kerryman’ newspaper on October 26th 1963

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In 1963 a hemp growing experiment took place in the Kerries in County Kerry. …

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