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Abortion and Birth Control in Ancient Ireland

To listen to the way people talk, you’d think abortion and birth control were a modern phenomenon. Not so. As  John M. Riddle, J. Worth Estes and Josiah C. Russell say in their paper, ‘Birth Control in the… Read More

Hypocrisy, Truth and Lies #repealthe8th

It is a beautiful, sunny day, and today the people of Ireland are making history yet again by voting on changes to the constitution. Times change, society changes, people change, the world changes, and sometimes the legislation which… Read More

the virgin births of irish myth

Jesus and Mary weren’t the first; throughout history, exceptional men around the world were said to have been born of virgin mothers. It’s still going on today: forty five women claimed to be virgin mothers in the US in recent years. And of course, Irish mythology is as rife with tales of virgin births as it is with stories of sex, violence, and tragic romance.

Peculiar Pregnancies in Irish Mythology

Being a woman of a certain age, and a mother, I was wondering what it must have been like to be pregnant in ancient Ireland, so I decided to do some digging, and guess what? There’s hardly anything… Read More

Hope

Cai came first, reluctantly thrust into the world three weeks before he was ready. My glorious, flame-haired, first-born son. He lay on my belly, still covered in the mucous of birth, his dark unfocused eyes swivelling. Overwhelmed, I… Read More

Stalker

My daughter’s heart is a ticking time-bomb with a fuse of indeterminable length. It could blow at any minute. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. This will be her stalker, prowling along behind her for all of her life. A dangerous killer… Read More