All Blog Posts Tagged 'Mythology' (66)

Great Irish Romances: Tristan and Isolde

The tale of Tristan and Isolde was one of the most influential romances in the medieval period. It predated and influenced the Arthurian romance of Lancelot and Guinevere.

Originally, the Tristan legend had nothing to do with King Arthur, but shortly…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: Ulster's Noisiu and Derdriu

Conor Mac Nessa, King of Ulster was Queen Medb’s first husband. She quickly forsook him and stormed home to her father crying out “Who could stand that man!” Conor was not Medb’s ideal choice of husband, but the sad result of the peace debt incurred by her father.…

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Added by Tom O Connor on February 7, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Crosswords at the Crossroads: 'Grá XOXO'

It's time for the next offering in our popular Irish-themed interactive crossword puzzles feature, "Crosswords at the Crossroads."   

This time around, we focus on Valentine's Day.  We've pieced together the most Irish Valentine's Day crossword puzzle you'll ever come…

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Added by The Wild Geese on February 4, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Great Irish Romances: Diarmuid and Gráinne

Gráinne is the daughter of Cormac mac Art, High King of Ireland. She is betrothed to Fionn mac Cumhail, the leader of the Fianna, who, while still a mighty warrior, was at this time getting old. The famous chiefs of the Fianna were all assembled at Tara for the wedding feast and as…

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Added by Finbarr O'Regan on January 30, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Great Irish Romances: Oisín and Niamh

I don’t know what to make of this story, a great adventure of pre-Christian Ireland. There are many variants to this tale, but here are the basics: Oisín (oh-SHEEN) is one of the…

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Added by Jim Curley on January 29, 2014 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

The Fairies

by Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the Land…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 21, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Mummering: 'The Idiotic Hero Combat Drama'

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Friday, December 20, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the tradition of the mummers in Ireland.  We were joined by…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 24, 2013 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

2013's Most Popular

A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese.  It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched.  As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular blog posts and discussions…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 19, 2013 at 4:29am — 2 Comments

Friday: LIVE Community Chat on Ireland's Mummering Tradition

On Friday, December 20, 2013, we'll be joined by folklorist / entertainer (and fellow Wild Geese member) Jim Ledwith for a LIVE Community Chat on the mummering tradition in…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 18, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

Romantic Ireland: Irish Stories, Myths and Traditions

Looking to land an Irish lad or lassie like they do in the movies? Planning a trip for your honeymoon in Ireland?  Researching…

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Added by margopenelope on December 17, 2013 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

St. Nick Buried in Kilkenny? A Community Chat with Maeve O'Connell

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, December 9, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was the fascinating discovery of Newtown Jerpoint in County Kilkenny, where St. Nicholas' remains (as in Santa Claus) are purported to be buried.  The owner of…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 11, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Irish Christmas Nostalgia: A Community Chat with Joe McGowan

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  The focus for the discussion was bygone Christmas traditions in Ireland with Sligo-based author / historian,…

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Added by The Wild Geese on December 6, 2013 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Saint Stephen's Day and the Wren Boys

Celtic myth had it that the robin that was suppose to represent the New Year killed the wren which represented the Old Year,  During this time Wren Boys blacken their faces and go from house to house asking for money to bury the wren. The money they collect is used to buy food and drink for the "wren dance" held…

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Added by Celtic Myth Podshow on December 3, 2013 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

An Irish Christmas

The Christmas season in Ireland is a happy combination of modern and ancient customs that combine to bring a unique meaning to this special time of year.  While Christmas shopping, decorated trees, and Santa Claus are evident everywhere, traditional customs that signify the true…

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Added by Mike McCormack on November 30, 2013 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

The Fairies

By Patrick Bonar

Irish folk lore is part of our heritage and the tradition of storytelling runs strongly through our veins. It would be difficult to find an Irish person who did not hear the stories of ‘Oisin in the Land of Youth’ or ‘The Children of King Lir’.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 29, 2013 at 2:00pm — 8 Comments

Gancanagh The Irish love Talker



A Gancanagh (from Irish: Gean Cánach meaning "love talker") is a male faerie in Irish mythology that is known for seducing human women.

The Gancanagh are thought to have an addictive toxin in their skin that make the humans they seduce literally addicted to them. The women seduced by this type of faerie…

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Added by Ruthie Colcombe on November 20, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Chatting with Three of the Leading Lights in Contemporary Celtic Art

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE Community Chat chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Monday, November 15, 2013 with three of the "leading lights" in contemporary Celtic Art and fellow Wild…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 18, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

November 16th: LIVE Community Chat on Celtic Art

Join acclaimed Celtic / Fantasy artists, Jim Fitzpatrick, Courtney Davis, and Hamish Burgess as we get together for a real-time Wild Geese Community Chat on what makes Celtic art Celtic.

The chat will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 5:00 p.m. Eastern (U.S.) Time.  As always, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on November 8, 2013 at 5:23pm — 2 Comments

The most borrowed Irish library books - children's fiction prevails

A recent study on the most borrowed books from Irish libraries in 2012 makes for interesting reading.

Out of the top 10 most borrowed titles for 2012, eight were children's or YA fiction. The only appearance of an Irish writer in the top 10 was also for a children's title - Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, the first volume in Alan Early's Father of Lies…

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Added by Mercier Press on November 4, 2013 at 8:11am — No Comments

Halloween A-BOO! Joe McGowan Chats About Halloween Traditions in Ireland

The following is a transcript taken from the LIVE members' chat hosted here at TheWildGeese.com on Thursday, October 31, 2013 with County Sligo historian and author (and fellow Wild Geese member), Joe McGowan.  Joe's website and …

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Added by The Wild Geese on October 31, 2013 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

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