Spring Equinox in the Ancient Irish Calendar – 20 March 2018

Equinox is the date (or moment) some astronomical alignments in Ireland mark as being auspicious. Not many, mind you, but some, like the cairn on Loughcrew or the two passages of Knowth, a sort of super-alignment with quadruple significance. Though the actual alignment of Knowth is disputed, it might be a lunar alignment or not […]

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Oíche mhaith agaibh. Goodnight from Stair na hÉireann.

Help me always to speak the truth quietly, to listen with an open mind when others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in silence. –Native American Proverb Rolling hills near Loughcrew, Co Meath, Peter McCabe – Photographer

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The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice falls on 21st June. This is the longest day of the year, when the Sun is at its highest point of the year in the northern hemisphere. In ancient pagan societies the Summer Solstice was hugely significant, it was a time when the power of the Sun was at its highest and […]

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The Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice – when Christianity entered the pagan areas rather than displace the practices of the old religion it simply incorporated many of them into its own observances under a new name. Because of this, many pagan traditions survive up to the present day. Great fire festivals are celebrated in many European countries and […]

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