DAME ALICE KYTELER was the culprit in the first successful witch trial in Ireland, if you can consider having an unfortunate woman burned at the stake … [Read more...] about Dame Alice Kyteler of Kilkenny, Ireland: A poisoner? Quite likely. A witch? Perhaps. A fighter? Absolutely.
Top: The Glengesh Pass, Donegal, Ireland The top of Glengesh Pass in Donegal, Ireland is breathtaking. You’re in one of the most remote corners of … [Read more...] about On the abandoned village of Port, in Donegal Ireland … wind swept, wet and wild, the folklore of Irish music and the ideal place to go drowning
View from the interior of Dunbeg Fort, with Mount Eagle in the background On the edge of Europe, along the coast of Dingle Peninsula, Dunbeg Fort is … [Read more...] about Dunbeg Fort on Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula: Saved for centuries by local folklore, slowly being reclaimed by the Atlantic Ocean
I once spent about a week hanging out with Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, noted Donegal fiddler and historian, particularly on all things Donegal fiddle. He … [Read more...] about An Irish folk tale, Maid of Mullaghmore and memories of Muckross Head, county Donegal
County Donegal, in the northwest corner of Ireland is known for shitty weather. Pinned in by the mountains coming out of Sligo to the south, and to … [Read more...] about Praying for mercy from the sea and finding none in the abandoned village of Port, in Ireland
Glencolumcille, or in the Gaelic, has been a religious site for over 5,000 years. It was one of earliest Christian sites in Europe, dating to the … [Read more...] about Today’s Marginalia: Station Two of the Glencolumcille Tura, a pilgrimage on the edge of the world
How did a Brit of Roman descent find his way to being named the patron saint of Ireland? It seems that every writer and most historians have a … [Read more...] about A brief history of St. Patrick: Who was Patrick and what does he have to do with green beer?
The hearth stone of an abandoned cottage near Glenties, county Donegal, Ireland The tradition of Donegal fiddle is populated with giants, those who … [Read more...] about Harvest Moon: The Magic of the Home, Hearth and Hard Work
Fairy ring outside Tullyhorkey, Donegal Fairy rings are circular, earthen dwelling structures of the early Christian age commonly associated with the … [Read more...] about The Fairy and the Fiddle
It was Christmas a number of years back, and an elderly couple had booked a room at the Ballygally Castle Hotel, at the head of Ballygally Bay on the … [Read more...] about Ballygally Castle Hotel: The Knock At the Door Isn’t Room Service