All Blog Posts Tagged 'Mythology' (66)

On the Anniversary of García Márquez's Death, a New Book Asks, 'Was Gabo an Irishman?'

My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example, or the discovery of America.



Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on April 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 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

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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

A Woman Needs a Woman to Pray To!

It is a frigid-2 degrees morning with glittering sun-gold snow mounds and I am in need of prayer. I’ve been weakened by the flu and the vicissitudes of life. And yet I am hopeful and grateful this day, even if another foot of snow looms ahead. It is St. Brigid’s Day, February 1st. And because freedom to believe and…


Added by Cynthia Neale on February 1, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 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 Origins of 'January'

Originally recorded as January, Janaway, Jenery, Jennery, Jennardy, in England, Janvier (France) Janer and Jane in Spain, Januario in Portugal, Gennaro and Zannari (Italy) and many others, and recorded throughout Europe, this is a name of truly ancient origins. It has…


Added by Dee Notaro on January 1, 2015 at 4:30am — 1 Comment

The Pending Birth of Yeats' Illegitimate Son

On a Picture of a Black Centaur by Edmund Dulac

by W.B. Yeats

Your hooves have stamped at the black margins of the wood,

Even where horrible green parrots call and swing.

My works are all stamped down in the sultry mud.

I knew that horse-play, knew it for a murderous thing.

What wholesome sun has ripened is wholesome…


Added by Patricia Louise Hughes on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Halloween: It's a Celtic Feast!

May I respectfully add my…


Added by Mike McCormack on October 14, 2014 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The First One

Ireland emerged slowly from the death grip of the last ice-age around 10,000 years ago. The land bridges which connected it with its nearest neighbors, England and Scotland, vanished as the vast…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 17, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Leanaí Lir - Children of Lir

Ger, a chara...Just for you:

Long ago when the Tuatha De Danaan lived in Ireland there was a great King called Lir. He had four children--Fionnuala, Aodh, Fiacra, and Conn. Fionnuala was the eldest and she was as beautiful as sunshine in blossomed branches;…


Added by Bit Devine on August 15, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

The Enchantress

The Enchantress is the last poem in a trilogy. "The Hill" is the first one followed by "The Solstice."

The Enchantress

They used to…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 11, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The Green Valley

I’ve been down in the green valley, the Holy place.

The one where the river flows ever onward to its birthplace, carrying the tortured history, winding slow with measured precision, to cast upon the ocean. Down where the sacred hills, those silent sentinels to the glorious but tragic past, keep watch in painful solitude. Down where the spirits keen and await each dawn…


Added by John Anthony Brennan on August 6, 2014 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

Carrowmore, Co. Sligo, Ireland

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in…

Added by Celtic Tours World Vacations on July 28, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Irish Magic Realism: 'The Inventor' Short Film

Two years ago if you asked me what magic realism was I would have confidently told you that it was “a creative device where magic elements appear within an otherwise realistic environment.” I was sure I understood the concept. After all I had read Allende, García Marquez…


Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on June 30, 2014 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments

Friday the 13th: Is it Still Scary in the 21st Century?

There are 12 months in a year, 12 inches in a foot, 12 signs of the Zodiac, and most multiplication tables go up to 12; and so one more of any of these would make 13. The modern day fear of 13 is based on Norse mythology: 12 gods were dining at Valhalla (where gods go when they…


Added by Dee Notaro on June 7, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Boyer: The St. Patrick's Day Parade Versus Irish Freedom

When the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) marched up Fifth Avenue in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade it should have been crystal clear, if it wasn't already, that this parade is incompatible with any serious effort to support Irish freedom. The PSNI is the…


Added by Sandy Boyer on March 25, 2014 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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‘Ireland’s Queen Maeve’ by Tom O Connor

Medieval and modern myths accrued to Maeve, notably Rosalind Clark's 'The Great Queens', led to this redemption of Maeve's pristine identity. Clark showcased the divine elements and tragic qualities on which the greatness of the medieval 'Tain Bo Cuailnge' rested,…


Added by Nollaig 2016 on March 14, 2014 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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