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Mogh Ruith, the Blind Magician

Without a doubt, one of the most interesting and mysterious figures from Irish mythology is the One known as Mogh Ruith. He’s right up there with Manannán, as far as I’m concerned. His name is said to mean ‘slave… Read More

The #Halloween Legacy of Ireland’s Witches

It’s a popular enduring image of Halloween. How many little girls will be donning black, and a wide-brimmed pointy hat, painting their faces green, and gluing rice crispies to their noses to represent warts tonight? And when all… Read More

Halloween or Samhain?

I recently watched a video on Youtube where the expert in the film kept pronouncing Samhain as it looks… Sam-hain. An easy mistake to make, you might think, and I would agree. But not if you profess yourself… Read More

The Fairy Folk of Ireland

What kind of image does that expression, ‘the fairy folk’ conjure up when you hear it? Something a bit like this… Maybe you see something a little more ‘Tinkerbell’, a sweet pretty little thing with gossamer wings, so… Read More

Flower Power in Irish Mythology

The fields and hedgerows are awash with the blaze of wildflowers right now. Sadly, I don’t think many people see them, as we are always in such a hurry to get from A to B; we are focused… Read More

The Ancient Babylonians Invented New Year’s Resolutions!

Seeing in the New Year seems to be one of our best loved and most popular public holidays, marked with breath-taking firework displays as the stroke of midnight enters different time zones around the world. It seems the… Read More

Friday FREAKY Flash with Ed Mooney, Geoff le Pard and Jane Dougherty

Last week, it being the season that’s in it, I called for ghost stories. This was your prompt… Give me your greatest, gruesomest, gory, ghoulish ghost story. have you got what it takes to frighten the life out… Read More

Samhain Legends Donn, Lord of the Dead

Last year, this was my most popular Samhain/ Halloween post, so I’ve reposted it here, in case anyone missed it.Halloween is almost here, houses and shop windows are already decorated, children are planning their trick-or-treat costumes, and the pumpkins… Read More

A Poem for Samhain Witches Lament

I wrote this poem for Samhain last year, and decided to re-post it, because it fits with the season so well, and also with the atmosphere of last week’s poem, The Princess on the Hill. They hide the… Read More

Tlachtga, Goddess of Earth and Fire

tlachtga’s story My name is Tlachtga, daughter of Mog Ruith. This hill is my place, my heart’s home. Only a few bones remain of what once stood here, for mankind has wrought his destruction upon it, as he… Read More