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Category Archives: Seanchas (Irish Mythology)

Síle Na gCrann

Remarkable the things one can find in nature when one is out an’ about. However, can anyone else see it? An organic Síle na gCrann? Or should that be Síle an Chrainn? … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Old Gods In New Settings

Here’s an article from Vice magazine on the Ásatrúarfélagið movement in Iceland that I meant to highlight a few weeks ago. I found myself agreeing with quite a few of the … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

Samhain Shona Daoibh

The sun has set, the bonfires are being lit, and the Feis Shamhna is upon us: the nocturnal festival of Samhain marking the commencement of the new year in the Celtic calendars of Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · 5 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

Oíche Sheanchais, The First Irish Language Sound Film

From a report by the Galway Advertiser: “The first Irish language ‘talkie’ ever made has premiered at a renowned Italian festival of rediscovered and restored film… Oidhche Sheanchais, an 11-minute … Continue reading

July 10, 2014

Electronic Irish

A lot of people seem unaware of the two best online resources for historical texts relating to Ireland, both of which are entirely free to use. The first is “CELT, … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Lia Fáil Desecrated Once Again

Two years ago I featured a report on the act of vandalism carried out against the Lia Fáil, the ancient granite monument on Teamahir na Rí that symbolises Ireland’s sovereignty in … Continue reading

May 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Féile na Bealtaine

Some appropiate links for Lá Bealtaine, traditionally the first day of summer by the indigenous calendars of the Irish, Scots and Manx (and probably for the Celtic peoples as a whole). The Dos … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 9 Comments

An Irish Equivalent For Geek Or Otaku?

I was recently asked if there is an Irish word that is the equivalent of the Anglo-American term Geek or its Japanese near-equivalent Otaku (おたく/オタクおたく/オタク). I couldn’t think of anything … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 17 Comments

186. Imbolc

Originally posted on ancroiait:
Imbolc shona daoibh Tá an geimreadh ag iompar an samhradh Lá Fhéile Bríde/Là Fhèill Brìghde/ Laa’l Breeshey Shona daoibh Bain taitneamh as an lá. Téigh go…

February 1, 2014 · 19 Comments

Gremlin, Gruaimín

Over on his OUP blog the Russian-born etymologist and author Anatoly Liberman speculates at length on the origin of the Anglo-American word gremlin and comes up with a somewhat surprising … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 4 Comments

Lá An Dreoilín Shona Daoibh Go Léir!

Happy hunting to all those who join the Lucht an Dreoilín today.

December 26, 2013

Wolfing Around

Given the importance of wolves in the traditions of the Indo-European peoples as far back as one can go into the archaeological, literary or linguistic records the claim that the … Continue reading

November 15, 2013

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

Monocultural Ireland – Conform Or Die

After sunset this evening we will officially be in the period of the Feis Shamhna, the Festival of Samhain, from which is derived in large part the Western World’s celebration … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 6 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

New Monument Discovered At Brú Na Bóinne

Ireland’s Brú na Bóinne (“Palace of the Bóinn”) is generally regarded as holding north-western Europe’s greatest concentration of intact prehistoric monuments with the main burial mound of Sí an Bhrú (“Otherworld Residence … Continue reading

September 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Death Of The Irish Harp

For those interested in the psychology of art symbolism there is a great study by Mary Louise O’Donnell, of the University of Limerick, examining the slow dilution of the Irish … Continue reading

September 11, 2013 · 4 Comments

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