Legend has it that the mysterious island of Hy-Brasil lies shrouded in mist off Ireland’s western coast, thus shielded from the eyes of mortals, but that one day in every seven years, the fog rolls back to reveal its secret to anyone who might be looking….
The banishment of snakes was a phenomenon which happened right across Europe in early Christian times. St Patrick was said to have driven Ireland’s serpents into the sea from a mountain called Croagh Patrick. Yet Ireland never had any indigenous snakes. Was this a metaphor for destroying the Druids and pagan worship?