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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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In Gratitude to Lady Gregory
Jul01

In Gratitude to Lady Gregory

If you love old Irish stories and tales, chances are you’ve heard one through the storytelling of Lady Gregory. Who Was Lady Gregory? Born Isabella Augusta Persee on March 5, 1852 in County Galway, she married Sir W.H. Gregory, a widower who was several decades old than she. They lived in London where they were often visited by such creative minds of the age as Robert Browning, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Sir John Everett Millais, and Henry...

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Sunwise Walking
Jun21

Sunwise Walking

Happy Summer Solstice! Thinking about the sun (and I’m not currently seeing it where I am!) made me think about the ancient Celtic tradition of turning sunwise or deisol, as P. W. Joyce puts it in his A Social History of Ancient Ireland. To be fair, Joyce points out that this tradition was not only practiced by the Celts, but by other ancient people as well (Latins and Greeks.) He says it was just as common among the Christians as it...

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Book Wars in Ireland
Jun10

Book Wars in Ireland

You probably like reading. You’re reading this blog, after all. Many of you are book lovers, like me. Can you imagine a war being fought over a book? This was not a religious war, even though the book was a book of scripture. A Man Who Loved Books It happened in Ireland in the 6th century. Columba, who would later found Iona along with many monasteries in Ireland, loved books. He supposedly said, “That I might search the...

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