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The Equinox: Sunrise in the Bru Na Boinne

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An equinox is an astronomical event in which the Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 19, 2017 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Patricius the Roman

Could I have come to Ireland without thought of God, merely in my own interest? Who was it made me come? For here I am a prisoner of the Spirit so that I may not see any of my family. Can it be out of the kindness of my heart that I carry out such…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 3)

In the Great Hall, the attendees had begun to arrive and take their seats. King Laoghaire, already seated in his royal chair in the middle of the hall, was surrounded by his ten hand-picked individuals who attended him at all times and included a “high…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 9, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 2)

Druid Lochra’s prophecy: 

"A tailcenn (baldhead) will come over the raging sea, with his perforated garments, his crook-headed staff, with his table (altar) at the east end of his house, and all the people…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on March 3, 2017 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

The Great Assembly at Tara (Part 1)

In 431 A.D. and three days after the festival of Lughnasagh, a lone figure stood, head bowed in contemplation, next to one of five carefully positioned chairs, in the Great Assembly Hall at Tara…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on February 25, 2017 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Ireland and the Spanish Armada: A Story of Survival

On a cold, stark night in August 1588, as a fierce gale subsided and the clouds slowly parted, light from a full autumn moon revealed a horrific scene strewn along the shoreline of Streedagh Strand in County Sligo, Ireland. The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on January 10, 2017 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

The Founding of Royal Mide

Most people today will tell you, if you ask, that there are four provinces in Ireland, namely, Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connaught. What many people are not aware of is the fact that in the distant past, there were actually five…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 27, 2016 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

The Winter Solstice

This year’s shortest day of the year is on Wednesday, December 21, which will also mark the longest night of the year. Every year, the winter solstice marks the turn of the calendar as autumn ends and the winter begins. From an astronomical standpoint,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 21, 2016 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

The Battle of Cúl Dreimhne (Battle of the Book)

In early Christian Ireland the old Druidic tradition collapsed due to the spread of the Christian faith. The study and learning of Latin, coupled with the new Christian theology in monasteries, was flourishing. In 561 AD a seminal event…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 19, 2016 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

In Time for Christmas

'Christmas is coming; the goose is…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 15, 2016 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

The Slaughter at Magh Cru (Field of Blood)

The following story tells of a seminal event that took place in Ireland during the latter half of the first century A.D., and which set in motion a chain of events that would influence and forever change the political and economic landscapes of Ireland,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 10, 2016 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

John Winston Lennon: Gone But Not Forgotten

Dear John, 

You were a rebel from the beginning and could not have been any other way. You got your survival instincts from your grandparents, who were from County Down, Ireland.

After you were born,…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 8, 2016 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Ask Not Why

'My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' -- JFK…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 21, 2016 at 12:00am — 13 Comments

The Gunpowder Plot ... Remember, Remember

'Remember, remember the fifth of November, the Gunpowder treason and plot.

I know of no reason why the Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'

The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on November 4, 2016 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

'The Journey: A Nomad Reflects'

Delighted and Honored to have my second book recognized.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

'Don't Die with Regrets: Ireland and the Lessons My Father Taught Me'

Delighted and Honored to have my first book recognized.…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 29, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Samhain: The Celtic New Year

In the early evening they would gather in the grove, beneath the sheltering embrace of the sacred white oak tree. The Master had carefully dowsed the area, and had chosen it for the serene beauty and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 27, 2016 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Oliver Plunkett, Tomás Ó Fiaich and The Bard of Armagh

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On January 18 1674, Bishop Oliver Plunkett and his close friend John Brennan, Bishop of Cashel, were forced to flee the town of Drogheda and run for their lives. Wearing long, hooded cloaks and veils, and with a price on their heads and the dreaded Priest Hunters snarling at their heels, they crossed the Boyne valley and fled north toward the sanctuary of South Armagh. In a gale driven, blinding snowstorm…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 14, 2016 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Chancing One's Arm

In 1492, the same year that Christopher Columbus purportedly discovered the New World, an incident, with far reaching effects, took place in a chapter house attached to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. The incident ended a long running and bloody…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 10, 2016 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Enter the Vikings: The Assault of Lambay Island

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Toward the end of the 8th Century A.D., Ireland was almost completely Gaelic and Christian. It was a rural society, with no towns or cities, and…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

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