With the wonderful weather we have had lately in Ireland, folks are taking advantage with hay making, painting, and turf cutting.
Folks ask me a lot of questions about turf cutters, why turf cutting is being banned and ask about the conservation issues.
Being the Lughnasadh month some folks are revelling in the Tailtiu clearing the forests for farming legends. There is, perhaps, some confusion about reverence for farms and farmland balanced with forestry and wetland conservation.
It is interesting to look into the creation, development and use of turf bogs to understand how the stories of mythology have evolved and possibly why the 1000s of megalithic structure dating from 4000 BC to about 1000 BC exist in Ireland.
There are two very different types of Turf Bog in Ireland, so I will attempt to present their differences in relation to the mythology of the times of their creation
These are the most common turf bog in Ireland, and through Scotland too. From a distance these b…
Today, I was sent an email with this poem by Eva Gore-Booth and asked if and how it related to our Breifne Region. Eva Gore Booth was sister of Constance Markievicz, daughters of Robert Gore-Booth of Lissadell House. Lissadell House is perhaps more famous for its occasional visitor, W.B. Yeats. Yeats encouraged Eva to forward her literary abilities to compete and succeed in the male dominated literary world of Ireland. The Little Waves of Breffny
The grand road from the mountain goes shining to the sea, And there is traffic in it and many a horse and cart, But the little roads of Cloonagh are dearer far to me, And the little roads of Cloonagh go rambling through my heart.
A great storm from the ocean goes shouting o'er the hill, And there is glory in it and terror on the wind, But the haunted air of twilight is very strange and still, And the little winds of twilight are dearer to my mind.
The great waves of the Atlantic sweep storming on their way, Shining green and silver with the hidden …
We host Sunday Sessions here in our Labyrinth Gardens on a catalogue of topics including Ogham, Sidhe, Aislings, Green Men, Sheela na gigs, Holy Wells, Serpent folklore, Harpers and Bards folklore, Fairy Lore, Apple and Avalon folklore, Sensing Herbs, and other subjects, including Labyrinth Walking, of course.