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

The ‘Féth Fíada’ of Druid’s Mist

"Druids and others could raise or produce a Féth Fíada, which rendered people invisible. Sometimes it appears as poetical incantation... often it is a mantle: occasionally a sort of fog." - P.W. Joyce, A Social History of Ancient Ireland, 1903 I grew up deep in a valley in the Comeragh Mountains in Co. Waterford, Ireland.… Continue reading The ‘Féth Fíada’ of Druid’s Mist

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

Being Bound in a “Geis”

A geis... "A bond, spell, prohibition, a taboo or a magical injunction, the violation of which lead to misfortune and/or death." - Dineen’s Irish Dictionary A “Geis” is something we encounter a lot in Celtic mythology, and it is a fascinating thing. We find that such and such a warrior was under a geis and… Continue reading Being Bound in a “Geis”