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

Course

Making Meaning With the Past and Connecting Cultural Threads

“History’s lessons, if you’ll read ‘em, Will impart this truth to thee, Knowledge is the price of freedom; Know yourself, and you are free.” - Thomas Mooney, History of Ireland, 1845 We have established that the various nations that employed Druids were not one united people but rather simply shared much of their culture through… Continue reading Making Meaning With the Past and Connecting Cultural Threads

Community & Crafts

Inspiration Through Art with Seán Fitzgerald

"Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. - Only in the shadow of one another do we survive." - Irish saying from County Kerry All photos and illustrations by Seán Fitzgerald Seán Fitzgerald is an Irish artist living in the Gaeltacht in the North West of Ireland. His illustrations are inspired by nature, folklore… Continue reading Inspiration Through Art with Seán Fitzgerald

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”

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