Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

You may have noticed there was no blog post from me last week. I try really hard to keep the blog updated as often as I can, but sometimes things happen which change that, and this was one… Read More

Incredible Irish Women. The Mysterious Deaths of Eithne and Fidelma

Incredible Irish Women | The Mysterious Deaths of Eithne and Fidelma

Eithne and Fidelma were sisters who lived in the time of St Patrick. Their story is incredible, although it may be argued that the two young women themselves were not. They were pagan princesses, daughters of Laoghaire, High… Read More

Incredible Irish Women | Saint Dympna

Incredible Irish Women | Saint Dympna

Today I visited the shrine of Saint Dympna in a tiny little place called Lavey in Co. Cavan. Although Dympma is quite a well-known seventh century saint in Ireland, her association with Lavey is a relatively unknown local… Read More

Incredible Irish Women | Rose ny Neile O’Reilly

Welcome to the first post in my new blog series: Incredible Irish Women. I’m very excited about this series, because history has tended to ignore its female participants, and I’m here to tell you that, actually, the women… Read More

Happy New Year! So What’s in Store for Aliisaacstoryteller in 2018?

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh (pronunciation Ah-vleen fwee vosh-ah gheev) Happy New Year to you all, and thank you for supporting Aliisaacstoryteller last year! I hope 2018 will be good to you. I can’t believe we’re already two weeks… Read More

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? The Iconic Irish High Cross

They are instantly recognizable, and have spawned a whole genre of tourist souvenirs. They are worth seeing, though, and can be found at many early Irish monastic sites. I saw these recently at Clonmacnoise. the cross of the… Read More

More on Fore, Holy Site of the Seven Wonders

A few weeks ago, I wrote a short piece about my visit to Fore, an ancient monastic site with a long and varied history stretching right back into the seventh century AD. I’m not normally a fan of… Read More

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Stop by a Holy Well

After all, we have plenty of them. Most of our holy wells are nowadays named after famous and beloved Christian saints, mostly Patrick and Bridget, but also some others, too. Personally, I think these were sacred springs long… Read More

Inside the Cave of Cats.

Gifts from the ‘Hell-Mouth of Ireland’ #Samhain

Today I met up with Treasa and a bunch of lovely ladies for a visit to Cruachan and Oweynagat. To say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement; not because I was meeting up with a… Read More

Mound of hostages, black and white images, people standing on top of it.

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? 4 Strange & Spooky Ancient Sites Associated with #SAMHAIN

The old festivals seem to me to fit perfectly into the cycle of seasons and the passing of the year. And also with the ebb and flow of my blood, or the beating of my heart, or my body clock, whatever you want to call that natural instinctual internal part of oneself. You may try and suppress it, but it’s always still there. If you feel the same, here are some places in Ireland that are associated with Samhain which you might like to visit: Tlachtga, the Mound of Hostages at Tara; Magh Slecht, and Oweynagat.