Bres the beautiful

In Irish mythology, Bres was a king of An Tuatha Dé Danann. He is often referred to by the name ‘Eochu Bres’, which has been translated as ‘beautiful horseman’. In ancient texts such as ‘Lebor Gabála’ and ‘Cath Maige Tuired’, Bres is portrayed as beautiful to behold, yet harsh and inhospitable. Bres’ parents were Prince Elatha, of the Fomorians and Eriu, of An Tuatha Dé Danann. In […]

Kildare

Kildare or Cill Dara in Irish, means ‘Church of Oak’. It is a town in County Kildare, Ireland, and the place where Saint Brigid founded her Monastery in the 5th century. St Brigid’s Cathedral still stands in the centre of the town. The Curragh lies to the east. Not too far away, on Dún Ailinne, lived the King of Leinster […]

Seamus the Galway fairy

Seamus O’Toole or O’Tuathail, in Irish, is the self-appointed leader of the Galway fairies. He is as old as Ireland itself and like ‘Fintan the Ancient’, he has witnessed many important events in the history of the country.  His tribe was originally from Ulster, but they moved to Connaught following a disagreement with a neighbouring […]

Fintan the ancient

Fintan mac Bóchra, which means ‘Son of the sea’, was also known as ‘Fintan the white haired Ancient’. He was a great mythical seer and sage who lived for 5500 years. He therefore had detailed knowledge of historical events. Fintan is said to have come to Ireland with Cessair (Noah’s granddaughter), two men and fifty-one […]

Tír na nÓg

Tír na nÓg is one of the names for a mysterious realm that An Tuatha Dé Danann fled to after the Milesian invasion. While many of them decided to go underground in the mounds and hills of Ireland, others moved to the island-dwelling of Tír na nÓg or ‘The land eternal youth’.      Other […]

The Celtic Year

The ancient Irish didn’t have clocks or calendars like we do today. Instead, they developed their own way of observing time and the turning of the year. The old way of measuring the year was much more in tune with nature than the modern calendar system.  They were primarily an agricultural society so good harvests […]

Féth Fíada

The Féth Fíada is a magical mist or veil in Irish mythology, which members of the Tuatha Dé Danann use to enshroud themselves, rendering their presence invisible to human eyes. ‘Féth’ means magical mist and ‘Fíada’ means ‘knower’. The mist is also called ‘ceo draíochta’ meaning magical fog, or ‘ceo druídecta’ meaning druid’s fog. When […]

Solstice and Equinox

To understand the solstices and equinoxes we must first understand the how the seasons happen. To do this we must look some basic concepts about our wonderful planet’s structure. The Earth is round but slightly tilted on its axis. The axis is the invisible line that runs from the north to the south pole.  The […]

Eó Mugna

In ancient Ireland, there were five great trees considered by legend to be sacred above all others. They were said to be the guardians of the provinces as there was one in each province. The five trees were said to have been planted by Fintan Mac Bochra or Fintan ‘the white-haired ancient’, from the berries […]

Murmuration of starlings

Starlings are small to medium-size birds that have short tails, pointed heads and glossy black feathers with purple and green streaks. Individually, they look like any other cute little bird flying around looking for food. It’s when they come together in a murmuration that something magical happens.  A murmuration of starlings happens when large groups, […]