• Warrior Women of Ireland

    Irish mythology is riddled with powerful women, yet they are quite an enigma. On the one hand, we have feisty Queens like Medb,and fearsome Goddesses like the Morrigan. On the other, we have the helpless heroines such as Etain, Deirdre, and Grainne, who seemingly did little but lure men with their beauty into tragedy and catastrophe. But ancient Ireland also had its fair share of warrior women, and some of them were quite kickass!

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  • The Beast Within | Shapeshifters in Irish Mythology

    Shapeshifting in Irish mythology involves a long list of animals, not just the wolf or vampire, as made popular by modern literature. Transformation served many purposes, such as completing challenges, escaping danger, or exacting punishment. Not only that, but it portrays a potential belief in totemism and reincarnation.

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  • Tuatha de Danann | Who Were They Really?

    According to legend, the Tuatha de Danann were a mystical race of God-like beings who invaded and ruled Ireland over four thousand years ago. Modern academics and scholars deny they ever existed, yet ancient historians have left behind texts full of the most incredible stories about them.

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  • The Red Headed Folk

    In Irish mythology, the Tuatha de Danann and the Sidhe are described as being tall and beautiful with red or fair hair, pale skin and blue or green eyes. Their appearance played no small part in elevating their status to that of Gods.

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  • The Swan in Irish Mythology

    Swans are seen as a symbol of love and fidelity around the world because of their custom of mating for life. In Irish mythology, swans are usually depicted as shape-shifters, capable of transforming into human and bird form at will.

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  • The Spear of Lugh

    Lugh is credited with owning many spears, and as most warriors of the period owned a set of up to four, it’s quite likely that he possessed a fine collection of his own. Most famous of these is simply named after him as Lugh’s Spear, yet it turned up in many stories long after Lugh’s death.

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  • Donn, Lord of the Dead

    Halloween is the Christian overlay of a celebration far more ancient, a pagan Celtic festival called Samhain. Halloween is thought to be when the dead and the undead walk the earth, bringing havoc  and fear to the living. As far as we can tell, the ancient Irish people never had a God of the Dead, so who was Donn?

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  • Hy-Brasil | Mysterious Lost Island of Irish Mythology

    Legend has it that the mysterious island of Hy-Brasil lies shrouded in mist off Ireland’s western coast, thus shielded from the eyes of mortals, but that one day in every seven years, the fog rolls back to reveal its secret to anyone who might be looking….

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  • The Serpent in Irish Mythology

    The banishment of snakes was a phenomenon which happened right across Europe in early Christian times. St Patrick was said to have driven Ireland’s serpents into the sea from a mountain called Croagh Patrick. Yet Ireland never had any indigenous snakes. Was this a metaphor for destroying the Druids and pagan worship?

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  • The Irish Wolfhound

    Known as Cú Faoil in Irish, the wolfhound is the tallest breed of dog in the world. Originally used in battle to pull enemy warriors from horse-back or chariot, it was also renowned for hunting wolves, after which it is named, wild boar, deer and some stories even say, the Giant Irish Elk.

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