aliisaacstoryteller

Poem | Missing the Point

They are dragged up the hill like beads on a rosary, their guide droning, words buzzing in one ear, dripping from the other like honey, to make room for the three other sites they will visit today. They want… Read More

Happy Paddy’s Day!

Here is a modern Irish anthem for the day that’s in it! I couldn’t find you a pretty video of these handsome boys, so the lyrics will have to do… enjoy! Personally, I will be avoiding pubs, parades,… Read More

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

“Tomorrow is the eve of Samhain,” whispered the Filidh, the High King’s Royal Bard. The crowd stilled, straining to hear through the smoky atmosphere of the King’s hall. It was the night before Halloween. As always, the High… Read More

Imbas Forosnai | Poetic Inspiration of the Irish Filidh

Something which intrigued me during my research for my latest book, Conor Kelly and The Fenian King, was Fionn mac Cumhall’s ability to call forth his magical powers and divine the future by sucking or biting on his… Read More

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

Geis | The Curse in Irish Mythology

The geis (pronounced gesh or gaysh) is Irish for ‘curse’, or ‘taboo’, yet in some circumstances, they might also be seen in a positive light, as a ‘gift’. Irish mythology is awash with geisa, almost every hero being afflicted… 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

The Power of Water in Irish Mythology

It is generally accepted that in ancient times, our ancestors believed one could access the Otherworld via water. It’s understandable; water’s surface acts as a mirror to reflect the sky, mountains, trees all around them. It looked the… Read More

The Tuatha de Denann | Were they Irish Gods or Aliens?

You can read my latest article, The Tuatha de Denann | Were they Irish Gods or Aliens on Irish Central… if you’re interested! Ali xxx

The Ancient Origins of the Irish Road

I was driving along the R438 on my way from Sneem in Co Kerry to my home in Co Cavan yesterday, when it occurred to me, not for the first time, how very long and curiously straight certain… Read More