About Ali

Who is Ali? I’ll tell you who I’m not. I’m not an archaeologist, or a historian. I’m not a scientist, or a scholar. I’m not an expert in anything, and don’t claim to be. The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know.

I’m just me, and I’m inexplicably drawn to the places of the past, the really ancient places of Ireland, where the ghosts of those who lived there once still cling, their voices sighing on the breeze. They are legend. They are myth. They want their stories known. So that is what I do.

Who is Ali? I am a conduit between past and present, a writer, a storyteller. I am the Guardian of Irish Mythology.


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Ancient Places

What cities lie buried beneath each hill?
Monuments born of ancient times,
Forgotten and lost but standing still,
Neglected, disconnected, these are our crimes.

What histories are etched into ancient stones?
Tales decayed with the fall of walls,
The sag of dynasty, the crumble of bones,
The march of ghosts through tumbled halls.

If we could learn to unlock the past
What shrouds would unfurl from our eyes?
Would realisation be ours at last?
Understanding the what, when, who and why’s.

The power was strong, up on Shee Mor,
I felt at great peace, content.
At Moytura, where warriors fought their war
no harm for me was meant.

At Uisneach, by the lough where Lugh was drowned
I grieved for Eire’s loss, watched Beltaine fires leap.
Then to Tara, where High Kings were crowned,
the Sacred Stone sadly lost in eternal slumber deep.

These places, their magic floods my soul,
washes me clean of the now.
Their stories surge through me, re-make me whole,
ancient voices tell of the how.

Ancestors sing and call me home.
I would go if I knew the way.
Under my feet, beneath the loam
stirs blood, beats heart of a by-gone day.

45 thoughts on “About Ali

    1. Thank you Nerissa! That’s such a lovely thing to say. 😊 We must always keep striving. I don’t think we’d achieve anything if we didn’t have a dream to reach for. Thank you for following.

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        1. Ah you found me from Ed’s blog, fantastic! I love Ed’s blog, his photos of Ireland are just beautiful and unique. He is doing us a great service, and deserves some recognition for it.

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  1. I always wanted a chopper bike, but I did love my Raleigh 🙂 I’m fascinated by your many languages too. What an amazing gift 🙂 My half-Irish dad told me stories all the time as a girl, and I now love to do the same, ever searching like you for that distant past, weaving stories into the present, giving hope for the future. I am so glad to meet you dear Ali! Sherri xxx

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    1. Hi Sherri, I’m sorry but I somehow missed your comment! Unfortunately, most of the languages have drifted into the ether, never having been used beyond childhood, and now I no longer seem to have the same aptitude… or memory! So glad to have met you too!

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      1. Hi Ali, and no worries! I’ve just discovered a few I missed on a post and have no idea what happened. And yes, that is the way of things isn’t it? I know it’s not the same thing, although a sort of a language, but I used to use shorthand for everything in my job as a PA, minutes of meetings the lot, then decipher it back and type it all out. I can’t even imagine doing that now, no way. In fact, I can’t believe I ever did!!!

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  2. I’ve just been nominated for the ‘Amazing Blogger Award’ and in turn would like to nominate you for your wonderful Blog site. The choice is entirely yours if you accept the award or not. Should you wish to proceed, further details can be found on my post I’ll publish later tonight.

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        1. Hmmmm… good old fb isnt showing me your comment yet, but you got me intrigued! I haven’t heard of that film, but perhaps its on youtube. I’ll check it out. They definitely are fascinating for sure, although it really irritates me when experts rush to the conclusion that something must be ‘ritual’ without proper evidence to back it up. Gruesome injuries are not proof. But it does grab media support, appeal to the macabre sensitivities of the general public, and perhaps lead indirectly to futher funding. What… me, cynical?!!

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          1. You cynical? Never! But we just met! 🙂 I believe that due to the significance of the elemtents or earth, wind, water and fire, the sites, usually borderlands, and the fact that bogs were neither solid earth or liquid water meant that the spirits of those killed were trapped in a no man’s land, well a celtic no man’s land. And I think it might have been a punishment/revenge for crimes. So that’s my theory. The book I wrote is called Mona The Body in the Bog. And The Perfect Corpse is on Youtube.

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            1. Fab, thanks. I will leave a review for yours on Amazon.com. There’s a festival in County Galway, The Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna. You might want to contact the organizers and see if you could speak at the literary brunch next year. It is on this year from Sept 18-21. Great exposure for up and coming writers.

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  3. Good morning. I came across your blog through a reference to a post on Ogham, and let me say how very glad I am I read that post, as it took me to your post on Ogham. I read it, and I know I, a big fan of Irish mythology (of which I use in my own writing) will be spending a lot of time on your blog. 🙂

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  4. What a great find. . . finding your blog here, am excited to dig in and read more of it. I loved your comment on Laurie Buchanan’s blog today, which prompted me to come visit – well, that and the fact that I am half Irish:)

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    1. Another Alison…hi! Nice to meet you and thanks for your lovely comments. I hope you find something you like here. Please feel free to comment as much as you like! I welcome opinions, questions and discussion! Its a great way to make new friends with similar interests. We are very lucky to live in the digital age! Laurie’s posts always get you thinking, don’t they? She makes me surprise myself sometimes lol!

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