Tag Archives: Cailleach

The Cailleach at Sligo

This summer I visited Sligo on the Northwest coast of Ireland, looking for traces of the Cailleach, the crone of Irish legend. What I found there was a prehistoric ritual landscape of breathtaking scale, and finally an intimation of the Cailleach … Continue reading

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Loch dá Ghedh

I recently came across a fascinating Irish folklore site called dúchas.ie, which includes digitized images of thousands of pages of folklore written down by schoolchildren in the 1930s: Approximately 740,000 pages (288,000 pages in the pupils’ original exercise books; 451,000 pages … Continue reading

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The House of the Old Man

Many years ago I read about an ancient shrine to the goddess hidden away in a remote highland glen. It was written about in Twilight of the Celtic Gods [1]: “This rocky shrine is in all probability connected with the pagan Celtic cult of the … Continue reading

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The Hosting of the Sidhe

I’ve enjoyed W B Yeats’ poems since I was a teenager, and recently I’ve been reading more about his magical life and his ambitions to found a mystical order based on the sacred places and spirits of Ireland.  So I decided to … Continue reading

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