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A Spooky Occurrence in Kilkenny

Claire Nolan is the author of a novel called The Stone, Alice Kytler, the last witch of Ireland, a medieval tale of money, power, witchcraft, family, and death. Claire is originally from Kilkenny, the town where the subject of the book, Dame Alice Kyteler, was born. An infamous figure in her day, Dame Alice was accused of everything from murder, blasphemy, and sorcery. The Stone tells the story of a noble woman who disappeared without...

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The Power of Words in Ireland
Sep14

The Power of Words in Ireland

Words have a magical power. They can raise up the spirits or dash them down. They can bring laughter as easily as tears. Spend words like a miser counting coins. Make each word count. ~ Old Irish Proverb Magical Books Some ancient people believed books were magical, powerful, and could bring fortune. That might be difficult to comprehend today. Sure, we like books, but we wouldn’t go to war over one. We can just make a copy (legally...

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All About That Celtic Hair
Aug25

All About That Celtic Hair

The color of one’s hair, the way it was cut or not cut, and the grooming was extremely important to the ancient Irish. The issue of the cut of a monk’s tonsure was even a highly debated subject at the Synod of Whitby in 664. The Irish tonsures mimicked the druids while those of the Roman tradition represented the crown of thorns Jesus wore. The Importance of Hair The head represented the essence of one’s soul. That’s why during...

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Twin Irish Monuments Across the Sea
Jul27

Twin Irish Monuments Across the Sea

When you are traveling, it’s always a good idea to keep your camera ready, and there’s no place where that’s truer than in Ireland. When my husband and I were in Ballycastle, I snapped this photograph. After all, a monument in the middle of a parking lot (or carpark as they call them there) is unique. This one might not have been majestic or particularly beautiful, but I had plenty of room on my camera, so why not? Odd But Interesting...

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Tree Lore in Ireland
Jul17

Tree Lore in Ireland

It’s difficult to imagine today, but Ireland was once an island of forests. Pre-Christian Ireland had no temples for worship, but they did have plenty of trees so they specified certain trees as holy and worshiped under them. Some tribes had a specific tree associated with them, and homes were erected around one of these trees. Trees were so important to the ancient Irish people that they even made laws pertaining to them. The Brehon...

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