No musical instrument has ever had to carry so much baggage, surely, as the Irish harp. It has been the symbol both of Ireland under English rule and of the Irish Free State. Unadorned, on a green background, it was a rebel flag in 1916. While its earliest origins are lost, the Irish harp has […]… Continue reading The Gaelic Harp — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland
Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s. On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its name is derived from Old Irish hy, a variation of í, meaning ‘island’, and brasil, from […]… Continue reading Hy Brasil – The Lost Legendary Island of Ireland — Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland
In religious iconography or mythological art, three separate beings may represent either a triad who always appear as a group or a single deity known from literary sources as having three aspects. In the case of the Irish Brigid it can be ambiguous whether she is a single goddess or three sisters, all named Brigid. […]… Continue reading Fwd: Triple Goddesses — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland
Irish society, up through the Iron Age, was based on the family unit. The family traditionally consisted of living parents and their children. The next larger unit came to be known as the Sept, which consisted of a closely related group of families such as the families of children of one set of parents and […]… Continue reading Fwd: History of Ireland
The earliest reference to Dublin is sometimes said to be found in the writings of Claudius Ptolemaeus (Ptolemy), the Egyptian-Greek astronomer and cartographer, around the year 140, who refers to a settlement called Eblana. This would seem to give Dublin a just claim to nearly two thousand years of antiquity, as the settlement must have […]… Continue reading 988 – The Norse King Glúniairn recognises Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill, High King of Ireland, and agrees to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin. — Stair na hÉireann – History of Ireland
Dublin Today was our 'day off' from each other, so I spent a few hours in Dublin on my own. Dalkey I was invited to visit Dalkey, a beautiful little village not too far away from Dublin. Thanks to Eileen I spent a lovely afternoon in Dalkey before I headed back to Dublin for dinner in… Continue reading Ireland 2014 – Part VI
It was the second time I traveled to the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough, another beautiful National Park in Ireland...