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The Friday Fiction with Irish Artist and Author Seamus McArdle

I first met Seamus Mc Ardle on facebook, and fell in love with his beautiful drawings. He creates stunning intricate prints full of fine detail and symbolism based on Irish mythology, many of which are available to buy… Read More

Did the Ancient Irish Believe in Reincarnation?

The Druids left us no written record of their religion. What we know has been patched together from later Christian interpretations, and the writings of observers such as Julius Caesar, but where does the line cross between fact and fiction?

Irish Mythology | Friday 13th… Unlucky for Some?

There is a deep-rooted fear in many cultures that Friday 13th is a very unlucky day, yet no one knows where this superstition has come from, or why it is so widespread. It is certainly true that some… Read More

The Pre-Christian Origins of #Christmas Decorating

Christmas decorating… why do we do it? Well, our beloved Christmas tree is a seventeenth century German custom adopted in the UK and Ireland during Victorian times. We all love a well-decorated tree, don’t we? Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it! And it just so happens that this tradition also stems from a far more ancient pagan custom.

Yes, the pagans cut boughs from evergreen trees and shrubs and brought them inside to decorate their homes at the Winter solstice. Why? Let’s think about it…

Irish Mist | A Poem

From Celtic dreams through Irish mists warrior-maiden drifts. Through Scottish glens past English lakes a lover’s tryst she makes. Where wild winds blow, there will she go to meet her heart’s desire. Soft words are hissed, then lips… 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

Human Sacrifice in Ancient Ireland

Most stories of human sacrifice come to us, not from the ancient Irish or Celts themselves, but from those who observed them, most notably the Greeks, the Romans and later, the Christians. These cultures had long since put… Read More

The Dord Fiann ConfusionV1

In my research of all things Fianna, I have come across numerous references to the mysterious war-cry of the Fenian war band as the ‘Dord Fiann’.   Don’t get me wrong; undoubtedly the Fianna did have their own unique… Read More