Brian Nolan's Blog – December 2013 Archive (3)

The Night of the Big Wind - St. Stephen's Day 2013

'Oiche na Gaoithe Moire' - The night of the big wind! That phrase usually refers to one of the most devastating hurricanes that ever hit Ireland, which made land during the night of Little Christmas, on the 6th of January 1839, almost 174 years ago, just before the outbreak of the…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 16 Comments

Yule and Mairgead Mór

Over most of Western Europe, particularly in those areas connected with the ancient Celts, December 21, the shortest day of the year fell during the Druidic festival of 'Yule'. Today it is better known as the festival of the ‘Winter Solstice’.

‘Thoul’, an ancient word for…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 18, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Snuff at a Wake and Other Pipe Dreams

While yet a teenager, I collected most of these clay pipes around Loughrea, in county Galway, some from the lake shore, some from under the water using a snorkel and mask, the smallest ones from the bottom of a hole I was digging in Elephant and Castle, while working as a student in…

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Added by Brian Nolan on December 16, 2013 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

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