All Blog Posts Tagged 'Celtic' (47)

Samhain: Celtic New Beginning.

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 peaceful aura. The salmon-filled, crystal clear waters of the river wound a course through the…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 28, 2021 at 6:58pm — 9 Comments

'Irishmen and Irishwomen': For 1916 From 2016

During the past year I had the privilege and honour to be commissioned to write a new orchestral suite for 1916 by Roscommon County Council. The suite, called IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN, is of eight movements


2. Raising The Flag, 



Added by Vincent Kennedy on January 1, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Celebrating Fraughan Sunday (AKA Lughnasa)

The festival of Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced LOO-na-se) marks the beginning of the harvest season that was historically observed throughout Ireland and other Celtic nations. Originally held July 31-August 1, or approximately halfway between the…


Added by Margaret M. Johnson on July 25, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

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The Heroic Legend of Fionn mac Cumhaill

Fionn mac Cumhaill is a main character from ancient Irish legend from the 3rd century AD. He was a warrior, a chieftain, a poet and seer. Often referred to as Finn McColl, Finn MacCoul, Finn Mac Cool, Finn McCul, Fin McCool or Fionn…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on July 8, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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The Tara Brooch and a Special Offer for Wild Geese Members

Many ancient brooches have been found in Ireland, but the Tara Brooch is the most impressive and best preserved. Found in 1850, this Celtic designed Tara Brooch dates back to A.D. 700, the Iron Age. If you are ever in Dublin take a visit to the National Museum of Ireland where this brooch is on…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on June 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

How I Got Into Celtic Jewelry Design

I got into designing jewelry with 3D modeling software and 3D printing services almost 3 years ago now. Four years ago, I'd have never guessed this would be a big hobby for me. When I first started tinkering with these 3D printing services like…


Added by Daniel M. Foley, Jr. on June 5, 2015 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 5: Never-Ending Stories

I hope that my examination of the stories in this series show that Irish myths and legends are not museum pieces to be taken out once in a while, dusted down, admired and then put back in a glass case. These stories are the living companions to our daily lives. They…


Added by The Wild Geese on May 1, 2015 at 2:00am — No Comments

Irish Myths and Legends Part 4: Aoife's Tale

Lir is known to many as the father of the boys and girls turned into swans by their wicked step mother Aoife in "The Children of Lir." This is the story I only tell on very rare…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 30, 2015 at 4:08am — 1 Comment

Irish Myths and Legends Part 3: The City Beneath the Waves

Whether ancient legends or modern family tales, the stories of Ireland and Scotland have all played an important role in my life. They give me great pleasure and they help provide the…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 29, 2015 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

'The Cauldron of Bran' by Mallon Foundry

In days long gone, at a time that is long past, there was a king of Wales called Bran, the Raven.  It was a time of war, and Bran the King sought the strength of an alliance with Ireland.  So a marriage…


Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 28, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Myths and Legends Part 2: Cúchulainn

Given the history of Scotland and Ireland - two sibling nations with fierce and loyal ties to each other but also marred (and often scarred) by bloody disagreement, rivalry and the power politics of these islands - it…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 28, 2015 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Hanging With Storyteller Rab Fulton in The Virtual Síbín

Rab is a Galway-based storyteller who originally comes from Scotland. He specialises in reimagining Irish and Scottish myths, folklore and urban legends. His "Celtic Tales" summer sessions in Galway have a strong and growing…


Added by The Wild Geese on April 27, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Introducing: Mallon Foundry

We are new to TheWildGeese.Irish and pleased to sponsor this week of Myths and Legends.  It was these Celtic stories, told by our ancestors around their firesides which inspired us to create a…


Added by Mallon, The Ancestral Foundry on April 26, 2015 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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Fidchell - The Ancient Celtic Chess Game

Legend has it that the ancient Irish game of Fidchell (literally translated as ‘Wood Wisdom’) was invented in the 9th century by Lugh, the Irish god of light, master druid and warrior – predating the game of chess as we know it by c300 years!  Fidchell would have played…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on March 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

20 March, 2015 - The Most Important Day in Years

Friday, 20th March, 2015 must have happened before, and it must have been so vitally important to early Celts and those who lived in Ireland before them.


Friday, the 20th of March is the Spring Equinox with an early eclipse of the sun followed by a supermoon all…


Added by Frank Scott on March 19, 2015 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Leprechaun: Ireland’s Most Distinguished Fairy

The following is an excerpt from an article of the same title, first published on the website: Tales and Whispers.…


Added by The Wild Geese on March 16, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Ógra Skincare - An Irish Anti-Aging Regimen 10,000 Years in the Making

ÓGRA, a Gaelic word meaning youth, is Ireland’s only full range of cosmetic products that uses peat from raised bogs as the integral ingredient in its range. Since time immemorial, nature has held the secrets to youth, beauty and vitality. Deep in the valleys of Ireland, we have uncovered this secret. 

ÓGRA was…


Added by Bennie Clavin on March 13, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

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The Luck Child

Here is a lovely story from Celtic mythology about the Luck Child, a baby found abandoned in a forest and found by three cattle herders.  The story tells of the loving relationship and bond these three men developed with the child as they brought her up and cared for her until she eventually…


Added by Totally Irish Gifts on March 1, 2015 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Etymology of the Name Ireland, Éire, Erin

In Gaelic myth, Ériu, Banbha and Fódla were three goddesses who greeted the Milesians upon their arrival in Ireland, and who granted them custody of the island.

Ériu is generally believed to have been the matron goddess of Ireland, a goddess of sovereignty, or simply a…


Added by Dee Notaro on January 31, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

The Lucky Four Leaf Clover: Celtic Christianity at its Best

When Catholicism arrived in Ireland, there had been a strong Celtic presence for centuries. The Celtic religion, Druidism, was based in nature. Mountains, storms, rivers and seasons were all significant in Druidism. Then Saint Patrick arrived.



Added by Lonnie on January 30, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

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