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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

Three Day Three Quote Challenge | Day Two

As you probably are aware from my previous post, I was nominated by the uber-talented and ooh-la-la Jane Dougherty for this challenge. And I’m sure, given my interests and my ramblings on this blog, you knew this was… Read More

Brigid, Queen of Imbolc

It was a really cold day. Drifts of snow lay on the ground, and frost iced the branches of trees and blades of grass with sparkling fairy dust. I decided to mark the festival of Imbolc by visiting… Read More

Hy-Brasil | Mysterious Lost Island of Irish Mythology

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….

Author Ali Isaac – My Writing Process

Thank you to Karen at My Train of Thoughts for inviting me to join ‘My Writing Process’. Karen is a wonderful writer, book reviewer, Indie author supporter, and self-confessed book addict. She also publishes some great short stories… Read More

Moytura | Battle Ground of Irish Gods and Demons

Moytura is where the Tuatha de Danann began their invasion by taking on the Fir Bolg in a battle for the possession of Ireland. It’s name in Irish is Cath Maighe Tuireadh, meaning ‘Battle of the Plain of… Read More

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The Shamrock, the Shillelagh and the Leprachaun; Symbols of Irishness for St Patricks Day, or Sad Stereotypes?

When you think of Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, what’s the first emblem of Irishness which springs to mind? I’m betting it’s not the Harp, Ireland’s official national symbol, but more likely the Shamrock, the Shillelagh or the… Read More