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Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Sit in the Witches Chair.

The Witches Throne is a huge kebstone carved with armrests at the base of cairn T at the highest point of Loughcrew. It measures  3 m (10 ft) across, and 1.8 m (6 ft) high, and is estimated to weigh in the region of 10 tons. From here, according to local legend, a giant witch known as the cailleach sat and surveyed the extent of her domain. If you are brave enough to sit in her seat, she may grant you a single wish!

Conor Kelly’s Legends of Ireland, my latest book-baby flies the nest!

It occurred to me that not all people who love Irish myths would be prepared to wade through a trilogy of YA novels to get to them. My Conor Kelly series are stories woven around tales of Irish… Read More

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?

Almu | Home of Irish Legendary Hero Fionn mac Cumhall

On Monday, after much waiting, I finally got to visit the Hill of Allen (Cnoc Alúine in modern Irish) in Co Kildare. This iconic hill, jutting out of the flatlands of the Curragh, is said to be the site… Read More

Gentle Face of Bog Body. Tollund Man. By Sven Rosborn - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4330462

The Truth about Irish Bog Bodies

Last summer, I took my sons to the National Museum of Archaeology in Dublin. It was a great success; they were amazed by the hordes of ancient gold, fascinated by the Viking swords and longship, but what excited… Read More

The Celtic Knot

Does anyone know what this is? Yes, it’s a Celtic knot, and it features on the cover of both my books. If you know the name of this one, please leave a comment. Of course, when we say… Read More