Folk Tales & Legends

Mis of the Wild People

There are many legends of wild people in the woods, mainly written around the 12th century but from older sources, such as An Buile Shuibhne (The Mad Sweeney), who was cursed to wandering naked and living in trees. Merlin's madness and his life as a wild man of the woods (from Vita Merlini by Geoffrey… Continue reading Mis of the Wild People

Folk Tales & Legends, Sacred Sites & Ritual

An Cloich Cheann Fhaola – The Cloughaneely Stone

Cloughaneely Stone from the National Folklore collection Cloich Cheann Fhaola, meaning "Stone of Feeley's Head", is a one tonne quartz boulder which sits on a circular stone pillar in the small Gaeltacht town of An Fál Carrach in County Donegal. The pillar was erected in 1774 by landed gentry Wibrants and Sarah Olphert of Ballyconnell… Continue reading An Cloich Cheann Fhaola – The Cloughaneely Stone

Folk Tales & Legends, Sacred Sites & Ritual

The Story of Carnaghan Portal Tomb

Carnaghan (Baile Mhic Cearnacháin or 'The King's Grave') portal cairn/tomb, Inch Island, Co. Donegal, Ireland. C320238  (55.060722, -7.499917) On private farmland, Carnaghan or Baile Mhic Cearnacháin meaning Townland of Carnaghan, is derived from the word "cearnach" meaning "victorious", which all links these stones and townland to Conall Cearnach, the fabled warrior from the Ulster Cycle of… Continue reading The Story of Carnaghan Portal Tomb

Sacred Sites & Ritual

The Landscape of the Goddess Medb

'...It struck me,' Ailill said, 'how much better off you are today than the day I married you.' 'I was well enough off without you.' Medb replied. - Táin Bó Cúailnge Meskanmaeve, Donegal Here in County Donegal in the North West of Ireland, there is a hill called Meskanmeave with a neolithic cairn that sits… Continue reading The Landscape of the Goddess Medb