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Category Archives: Creideamh (Religion)

Celtic Cosmology, Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Over the last two decades relatively few studies have been published analysing the cosmological traditions of the Celtic-speaking peoples, at least by academic authors. There was a lot of interest in … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 14 Comments

Festival Of Lúgh

It’s a rather overcast and muggy day in BÁC but I’ve still followed my own little traditions for Lúghnasa, the festival of Lúgh that marks the harvest time in the … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 5 Comments

Syria’s Other War

As if the dreadful loss in human life and untold misery inflicted upon tens of thousands wasn’t enough the internecine struggle in Syria now rivals the conflict in Iraq for … Continue reading

July 10, 2014

Nelson McCausland, The Tea Party Escapee

What other nation in Western Europe would tolerate a senior member of a regional government using his personal blog to publicly list individuals and their home addresses when those persons … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 7 Comments

Fundamentalism Hates Fundamentalism

When religious fundamentalism combines with politics to create a cultural and societal norm that “the people” are expected to conform to it must also create enemies and victims in order to justify and propagate that … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · 6 Comments

Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh

A pale yellow sun has sunk below the grey horizon here in Baile Átha Cliath and the Feis Shamhna is upon us, the sunset-to-sunrise festival of Samhain which marks the … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Fatal Strain: Cultism

I’ve always been interested in clandestine military, political or religious groups, be they revolutionary movements, secret societies or arcane cults. Growing up in Ireland one is imbued in a culture … Continue reading

September 17, 2013

An Creideamh Sí

Militant atheist and secularist though I am I still respect religious beliefs as a vital component to the cultural heritage and identity of countless peoples and nations around the globe. … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 7 Comments

Fionn And The Man In The Tree

One of the more mysterious mentions of the legendary hunter-warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill in the indigenous literatures of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man is “Finn and the Man … Continue reading

August 27, 2013

Seanchas – Irish, Scottish And Manx Mythology And Folklore

For those of you with an interest in early, middle and early modern indigenous Irish literature and post-Medieval folklore (Irish and Anglicised-Irish), here is a collection of my articles, long … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

A Resurgence Of Anti-Irish Racism In The United States – Or Harmless Stereotyping?

When most people speak of racism against the Irish they automatically think of Britain and more specifically England. The history of anti-Irishness in our Anglo-Celtic neighbour is a long one, … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 10 Comments

Lá Fhéile Bríde Shona Daoibh!

Its the first of February and the first day of Spring in the Irish calendar so happy Lá Fhéile Bríde to you all. Or as some of us prefer to say, happy Iombolg! Above is the image of … Continue reading

February 1, 2012

The rise and fall of the Knights Templar in Ireland. (via Irish History Podcast)

The great and informative Irish History Podcast carries a piece on the Knights Templar in Ireland… When we think of the Knights Templar, we picture the Middle Eastern Crusades or … Continue reading

August 13, 2011

Bugger And Bedamned!

I was going to write something about this inanity but I really became too annoyed. ‘A controversial conference promoting a therapy that claims to help people “turn away” from homosexuality…’ Seriously? Yes, … Continue reading

June 15, 2011

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