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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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Secrets From Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral
May31

Secrets From Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral

One of the things that I love about Ireland is that nearly everywhere you visit there is something unexpected. Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is no exception. The church was founded in 1030, although what is medieval and what is a Victorian renovation is difficult to define. It was an Augustinian priory for over 500 years until the Reformation, and the present dean and chapter are the spiritual and historical heirs to the Priors...

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Little Village, Big Tales
May25

Little Village, Big Tales

The title of this post could apply to numerous places in Ireland. One such place is Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Even its name comes with a story. A man named Edward Trevor founded the town in 1612 and named it after himself and, apparently, after his new wife Rose. A romantic beginning for such a scenic place. Of course, there is at least one other opinion. Trevor may have taken the word “ros” from Irish word...

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