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I went into the Otherworld… and survived!

My first speaking event, in conjunction with Anthony Murphy of Muthical Ireland, discoverer of Drone Henge, hosted by David Halpin of Circle Stories,

Into the Otherworld: A Discussion of Mythology, Folklore and Writing with David Halpin, Anthony Murphy, and Yours Truly

Do you enjoy Irish folklore and mythology? A bit of authentic, indigenous Irish fairy-lore, even? Are you interested in the relationship between sacred Irish sites and the mighty dead, the ancestral spirits and the alignment of earth and… Read More

The Hill of Slane | Faces in Strange Places

Wherever there is a Christian church, there was once a pagan sacred site before it, and Slane is no exception. In amongst the trees to the west of the hill lies a motte of Norman origin upon which once stood a castle. Beneath this motte there is a burial mound believed to be that of Sláine, a king of the FirBolg.

The Goddess in our Stars

Boann’s Story Boann strides up the path, face composed with fierce determination, her little dog Dabilla trotting faithfully at her heels. The way is winding and covert, meant not for the feet of the uninitiated, but Boann has… Read More

Knowth | Legend of a Forgotten Queen

I call Knowth the Forbidden Mound because no one is allowed inside. I’m not sure why this is. From my image below, you can see how safe and unrestricted the passage is. According to the archaeologist, George Eogan,… Read More

Irish Hurling | Is it Crazier than Quidditch?

In Irish mythology, hurling was the sport of the Tuatha de Danann. It is still played in Ireland today, and is reputed to be the fastest and oldest field sport in the world. It is certainly the only… Read More

The Dagda’s Cauldron in Irish Mythology

Irish mythology tells of four mysterious artefacts the enigmatic Tuatha de Danann brought with them when they invaded Ireland. These items were known collectively as the Four Treasures of Eirean, and consisted of Nuada’s Sword of Light; Lugh’s… Read More

Knowth

Knowth is part of the Newgrange complex at Bru na Boinne, on the banks of the River Boyne in County Meath.  These grand monuments were constructed around 3200BC, which means that they are even older than the more famous… Read More

My Top Five Ancient Irish Sites

Since writing my first novel, Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean, I have become far more closely connected with this land I am lucky enough to live in. When I moved here to satisfy my Irish… Read More

Newgrange, Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean.

“Hi  Alison,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. “This is Michael.” I knew I should know who Michael was, and I racked my brain, but I was distracted by all the commotion of my… Read More