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Book Review | Arson by CS Boyack

I had read a few of Craig’s books, and greatly enjoyed them all, so I decided to try Arson. I had some misgivings before I began, because it is Sci-Fi, which usually goes straight over my head… all… Read More

Irish Mythology | The Sacred Fires

There’s something hypnotic and beguiling about watching golden flames leap, fanning your face with melting warmth, whilst the hiss and pop as they consume their fuel, fills your ears, and clouds of fragrant wood-smoke drift around you… the experience of fire is quite a feast for the senses. A fire can be soothing and relaxing, or mesmerising and exciting, or uncontrollable and frightening.

Our ancestors were well aware of the effects of fire. Mastering this element had changed their lives, yet was fraught with danger. Homes were temporary affairs, constructed of degradable substances such as wood and thatch, and thus highly flammable. Even the landscape could be destroyed by the application of fire, or it could be revitalised.

The Forge of Seamus Dubh | An Excerpt from Conor Kelly and The Fenian King

Chapter Fifty Two – The Forge of Seamus Dubh in the void of fairy time…   Conor leaned over the edge of his chariot and stared. He had never seen anything quite like it. Standing beside him, Ciara… Read More

Image courtesy of Jeff Kubina, Wikipedia.

Meet Dan |The Modern Celtic Blacksmith

Today I have a very special guest on the blog – meet Dan, the modern Celtic Blacksmith! I’d been a blacksmith (mostly in a hobbyist capacity) for nearly decade when in 1998 this passion combined with my historical… Read More

Image courtesy of Jeff Kubina, Wikipedia.

The Blacksmith in Irish Mythology

The most famous blacksmith in Irish mythology is Goibniu (pronounced Gov-new). He was one of the Tuatha de Danann, contemporary with Nuada Argetlam and the Dagda. His name comes from Gobae, or Gobann, which is Old Irish for ‘smith’, although I would say that it is… Read More