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lughnasadh, a celebration of fertility?

One of the four ancient Irish pre-Christian festivals, Lughnasadh was celebrated on the night of the full moon midway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox, around August 1st. But was it a celebration of thanksgiving for the harvest, or a remnant of some ancient fertility rite, or a monument to love?

Tailtiu, the Church of St Patrick and the Eastern Fort

Teltown is a vast and complex ancient site of some significance dating to the Iron Age. Features include the remnants of mounds, ring forts, earthen ramparts, artificial lakes, and an ancient roadway, but much of these have been erased from the landscape through the actions of farming over the years.

6 Most Tragic Love Stories in Irish Mythology (Part One)

One thing I’ve always wondered about as I read all the old myth stories, is what’s the score when it comes to love, sex and marriage in pre-Medieval Ireland? I mean, according to mythology, Lugh had two wives;… Read More

Irish Mythology | The Retreat of the Tuatha de Denann

For this week’s Monday Mythology, I have decided to give you a sneak peak into the opening of the third and final book of my Tir na Nog Trilogy, working title Conor Kelly and The Three Waves of… Read More

Teltown | Legendary Home of Tailtiu, Last Queen of the Fir Bolg

The Teltown complex is vast, and rather elusive. Despite following signs and maps, the various monuments are hard to find and easy to miss. Teltown (Tailteann, in Irish) is an area located between Navan and Kells on the River… Read More

Lugh – The Shining One

Last week, I asked if anyone knew what this is. It’s a Celtic Knot, and this particular one is called Lugh’s Knot. There are lots of references to it on the web, and it seems to be particularly… Read More