All Blog Posts Tagged 'folklore' (15)

Six Steps Is Just 3-1-2-3 ...

The oratory of St. Colman echoes with hundreds upon hundreds of years worth of worshipful memory.

In a secluded glade of ancient trees nestled against the breast of the Burren, a landscape so surreal and old it seems the surface of a planet in a galaxy far, far away, the ruins of yet another holy structure keep…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 30, 2016 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A Fifth of the Soil

To fully experience the Celtic spirit, one must embrace not only the essence of a pilgrim, but also the land the pilgrim walks upon.

Places such as Galway's Brigit's Garden are sacred keepers of beloved earthly traditions. A calendar year in the form of gardens lovingly corralled by their keepers, the Garden plays…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 29, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Four Elements, Three Souls, Two Seasons, One Self

All Souls Night. A time of bonfires bursting to life beneath a cloudy sky. The grass wet from late Autumn mists that tumble haphazardly down the mountainsides as if driven by reckless celestial abandon. The soft moan of wind as it rushes through the caverns and craggy hills, meeting the water trickling into emerald abyss…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 28, 2016 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

A Third of the Journey

There is poetry written into this land. Much like there is poetry written into the Irish soul. Poetry is not, as many think, a pretty art of whimsy and folly. Poetry, more oft than not, is the rawest and freest means of expression a person can have. I have always written poetry, but I began writing it in…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 27, 2016 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

The Second Cycle



The ritual of cleansing oneself with water to begin anew is an old one.

From the seemingly simple act of taking a shower to the tradition of baptising a baby, water is seen as a nurturing source of life and a cyclical element. Its passage through the world, be it fresh or saltwater, is a constant variable…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 26, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The First Lesson

There is something deeply engrained in our makeup as a species to seek out our roots. To water them with knowledge and expressively branch out into the universe with greater understanding. To discover what makes us grow. We are constantly reaching for the stars, the skies, the freedom to be and encompass all we…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on October 25, 2016 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Winter Solstice Alignment in Killadangan, County Mayo



Winter solstice began as a celebration of winter’s end, the cycle of life beginning anew. Killadangan, a scattering of stones strewn around a salt marsh on the shores of Clew Bay, draws you right back to those Neolithic times. The mossy monoliths connect through a winter-solstice alignment to a notch in the hills opposite, but get there early – the sun sets…

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Added by Brían Hoban on November 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Mythology of Thin Places

In Irish mythology, a "thin place" was a divider between the physical, tangible world and the "otherworld" of dreams, the afterlife, and other unseen but very real dimensions hiding behind the veil of reality. Thin places could be actual places or they could be seasons of change. The night of Samhain (sow-in), the Celtic…

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Added by Jill Fuller on November 7, 2015 at 9:30am — 8 Comments


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The Banshee -- Not Exactly 'Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra'

Many cultures throughout the world lay claim to having heard or seen the Banshee. Many stories of the Banshee can found in America; the most prevalent of these sightings are said to have happened during the 18th century and came near Tar River, in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. In these cases, however, the…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on September 11, 2015 at 12:00pm — 15 Comments


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Surf's Always Up on the Wild Atlantic Way

Whether a seasoned waverider or a novice to a surfboard, the Wild Atlantic Way is home to some of the most exhilarating surfing locations in the world including Lahinch, Strandhill and Bundoran. Have a look at …

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments


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10 Must-See Locations on the Wild Atlantic Way

Exploring the expansive 2,500-km route of the Wild Atlantic Way can be a formidable prospect.Take a look at our 10 must-see locations to visit along the route! (Pictured here…

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Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments


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The Wild Atlantic Way's Most Enchanting Routes

Weaving breathtaking landscapes with enchanting legends, Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way is surrounded by history and fascinating storytelling. Check out five of the most enchanting routes…

Added by Wild Atlantic Way on August 24, 2015 at 4:00am — No Comments

Songs, Poems & Stories of the Wild West of Ireland

Now I am in the public-house and lean upon the wall,

So come in rags or come in silk, in cloak or country shawl,

And come with learned lovers or with what men you may,

For I can put the whole lot down, and all I have to say

Is fol de rol de rolly O.
– Yeats.

                It’s probably a wince-worthy cliché to begin with a Yeats, but I feel that I must. The songs of Ireland have long since compelled me to dance to their rhythm; the fluting of Yeats and…

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Added by Nicole Samantha Fishkind on June 1, 2015 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Druids, Bishops, Saints, Gods and Revolutionaries

Not many people know about Uisneach but it really is a special place. Situated in the very centre of the island of Ireland, in County Westmeath, it has been referred to as the navel of Ireland. At its centre is Aill na Míreann (the stone of the divisions, seen above) and this…

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Added by Eoin Mac Lochlainn on February 4, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments

From-Ireland: My Website

I didn't name my website last night so now I'll tell you a little about it.

It is called from-ireland and I created it about 2001.  A net friend taught me a little about web page creation and I don't mean the kind of web pages that we find free on the internet now, I mean he taught me code and what the 'source code' of a web page looks like.  I had to work from the back forward meaning I created pages in code and then looked at what the end result would look like.  After a while, I…

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Added by Dr. Jane Lyons on May 20, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

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