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Looking from the boundary of the churchyard across the Rath of Synods towards the Tech Midchúarta.

Walking the Ceremonial Path at the Hill of Tara

I went back to Tara today to walk the ceremonial path. I thought it may be interesting, in light of recent posts and comments. to take a closer look. You may recall that early writers described this feature… 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 | 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

Planning Your Visit to Ireland? Stay in the Most Haunted Castle in Ireland.

Why not spend the night at Ross Castle, one of Ireland’s most haunted castles this Halloween… if you’re brave enough! Not only does Ross Castle have ghosts, it has a fascinating and mysterious history. Go on… I dare you!

The Peculiar Case of the Burning of Bridget Cleary

In 1895, Bridget Cleary was the last woman in Ireland to be burned as a witch. Although not officially declared or supported by the Catholic church, priests at the time told police they were aware of something untoward, but did not act upon it. Bridget died a violent and agonised death surrounded by friends and family who did nothing to help her.

Planning your Visit to Ireland? See the Oldest Tree in Ireland.

Most of you will no doubt be aware by now that I have returned to full-time education. Well, I’m about to start my second year, but you can imagine how my ears pricked up during last year’s induction… 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?

The Lia Fail | Ancient Ireland’s Sacred Stone of Knowledge

The Lia Fail stands at the top of the Hill of Tara (Teamhair na Ri in Irish, pronounced Tee-ow-ir na Ree) near the River Boyne in Co Meath, a much weathered column of grey granular granite approximately 1m in height above the… Read More

Eating Like the Ancestors | An Experiment in Irish Iron-Age Cuisine

The things I make my family do, and all in the name of research for my books and blog! Fortunately for me, they tolerate my whims and fancies quite well, even humour me a little, thinking I don’t… Read More

By Hugh Frazer - Isaacs Art Center (former owner of the painting), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14577823

The Irish 1 – The Vikings Nil | Was Brian Boru a Benevolent High King or Terrible Tyrant?

Well, it’s Good Friday, and I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning the Battle of Clontarf, now, could I? The chances are, if you live in Ireland, you’ll be sick of hearing about it by now…. Read More