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Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Take a Walking Tour of Tara with Treasa

If you are planning your visit to Ireland, I highly recommend one of Treasa’s Walking Tours of Tara. They take about two hours, and must be pre-booked, as there are only thirty places available on each tour. Be dressed for inclement weather… this is Ireland, after all!

Were There Giants in Ancient Ireland?

You might think that Irish mythology is full of giants, what with Fionn building the Giant’s Causeway, and the number of ancient stone monuments named ‘The Giant’s Bed/ Leap/ Grave’, but you’d be wrong. There is, however, a specific reason why giants exist in local Irish folklore.

The Hill of Slane | Faces in Strange Places

The Hill of Slane is famous for its role as the place from which St Patrick first defied the pagan Kings. The story goes that one day in AD433, possibly in spring around the time of the festival… Read More

The Sacred Stones of the Hill of Tara

I went to the Hill of Tara yesterday. I haven’t been in quite a while; the sun was shining, and I’d been cooped up in the house for a couple of days, and I just felt drawn, so… Read More

The Sacred Rites of Kings

So according to current scholarly thinking on ancient Kingship rights in Ireland, a new King had to shag a white horse, kill it and bathe in a stew made from it whilst eating its flesh. Then, if he… Read More

A Samhain Story | Lugh, Master of All Arts

Lugh was said to have joined the Danann in battle against the Fomori on the eve of Samhain. This is my retelling of how it happened, taken from my first book, Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of… Read More

A Samhain Story | Fionn mac Cumhall and the Sidhe-Prince of Flame

This is the story of the how the boy-warrior, Fionn mac Cumhall, defeated the Fire-fairy, Ailen mac Midhna, who had been laying waste to the royal stronghold of Tara every Samhain for many years, and how he won his rightful place as the leader of the Fianna.

Tara | Ancient Seat of the High Kings of Ireland

The Hill of Tara, also known as Teamhair na Ri in Irish, is located on the River Boyne near Navan in County Meath. Along with Newgrange, Tara is probably one of the most famous and most visited ancient… Read More

Ancient Places | A Poem

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… Read More