Brighid, Goddess or Saint??

“A match flares to life, and a woman’s voice speaks: In Brighid’s name, I light my flame …  Alone at her kitchen table, she tenderly applies match to candle, and the twilight-darkening room is illuminated in a golden glow.  Brighid is my protector; Brighid is my maker of song …  Lifting a cup in aContinue reading “Brighid, Goddess or Saint??”

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Ag bealach isteach na beatha. Ag iarraidh banDia an Tobair Naofa

A Return to the Source. Searching for the Mother Goddess at the Well Recently, I set out to find an Ogham stone that is northward of Midleton in north-east county Cork. Funnily, it’s a 40 minute drive both from my home in Cork city and my family home in Mogeely . The townland is calledContinue reading “Ag bealach isteach na beatha. Ag iarraidh banDia an Tobair Naofa”

Ancient Celebrations – Part 14 – Lughnasadh vs Lammas

Whenever you see the Wheel of the Year, Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane are clearly marked. However, for some peculiar reason the ancient Irish celebration of Lughnasadh is usurped with Lammas. Lughnasadh is established in Celtic Mythology and our article on Áenach Tailteann and Lughnasadh establishes that it was set up by Lugh to honour hisContinue reading “Ancient Celebrations – Part 14 – Lughnasadh vs Lammas”

Na Slíabhte a thrasnaíonn ár gCosáin sa saol

The Mountains that cross our Paths in life. “There are 100 ways to accomplish your goal. Chose one and attain your dream.” Sara McFadden, Irish Visually Impaired Rally Navigator. Slíabh a haon. Last year, I stopped at an area outside Kenmare just before the Cork/Kerry border at Cath’s Pass called ‘Druid’s View’ when I wasContinue reading “Na Slíabhte a thrasnaíonn ár gCosáin sa saol”

Suíochán Ceannais na Ard Rí Mumhan: Ceacht Staire (Carrig an Pádraig)

The Seat of the Kings of Munster: A History (Rock of Cashel) In a previous post I mentioned passing St. Declan’s Way while cycling in county Waterford. This is a Pilgrimage Trial that extends from the coastal town of Ardmore in county Waterford to the Rock of Cashel in county Tipperary. Typical of Ireland, itContinue reading “Suíochán Ceannais na Ard Rí Mumhan: Ceacht Staire (Carrig an Pádraig)”

Seoda Ársa Iarthar Chontae Phort Láirge

Ancient Treasures of West County Waterford I have already shown you a picture of a map of East Cork/West Waterford with heritage sites mapped out, that I received last Bealtaine in the post Imrama agus Imbas ag an Bealtaine – Home | Order of Celtic Wolves (wordpress.com). Last year, I went on a holiday toContinue reading Seoda Ársa Iarthar Chontae Phort Láirge

Ancient Celebrations – Part 13 – Midsummer Traditions

The exact dates of Midsummer festivals vary among different cultures, but is primarily held close to the summer solstice. The celebration predates Christianity, and has existed under different names and traditions around the world. St. John’s Day Although we all know that the birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25th to tie in withContinue reading “Ancient Celebrations – Part 13 – Midsummer Traditions”