Irish Wedding Traditions
Irish wedding traditions date far back in history and many have survived in one form or another today. These Irish wedding traditions were rooted in nature came from folklore and superstitions for …
Mapping the Mysterious Ancient Carvings of Naked Women Across Ireland
No one can say for certain when, how, where, or why the Sheela-na-gigs were made, or even what they are meant to represent.
This app contains a summary of the mythology of the Banshee (or Bean Sidhe), a female spirit from Irish mythology who was said to herald the death of a member of a noble family. She was a faery-like being, associated with the Celtic Otherworld and the crow Goddess called The Morrigan.
Cailleach From Winter Theme
In Irish and Scottish mythology, Cailleach is a divine hag, a creatrix, and possibly an ancestral deity or deified ancestor. The word Cailleach means 'hag' in modern Gaelic, and has been applied to numerous mythological figures in Ireland, Scotla
Cuchulainn’s Training With Scathach - Bard Mythologies
When Cuculainn set out to court his wife, Emer, her father, Forgall the Wily, was dead set against it. He knew Cuchulainn by reputation, and believed his wonderful daughter would have a terrible life with him, so he set out to do everything he could to keep the pair. He disguised himself as a merchant... [Read More]
Maeve - Bard Mythologies
Background: Maeve (Medb) was one of the daughters of the king of Tara, who killed her pregnant sister. Maeve then married Aillil and took over the territory of Connacht, which would have belonged to her sister had she lived. She was most famous for her role as the queen of Connacht during the Battle for... [Read More]
The Swan In Celtic Mythology
The Swan, which is called "Eala" in Scots Gaelic, "Eala" in Irish, "Alarch" in Welsh, "Alarc’h" in Breton, "Olla" in Manx and "Alargh" Cornish, is known for its majestic grace and gliding mystical beauty. Little wonder then that these birds of the family Anatidae within the genus Cygnus are associated with the gods and goddesses of the pre-Christian Celtic peoples. They are seen as having links to the Otherworld (Aos Si) community whose world was reached through mists, hills, lakes, ponds…
The Crow in Irish Mythology
In Irish mythology, the crow is seen as a manifestation of the Morrigan (in Irish, Mór-ríoghain), meaning phantom/great Queen. She was a deity signifying ‘battle, strife and sovereignty’, a harbinger of war and death, who spoke of the battlefield as ‘her garden’.
Druids and Bards. The Celtic poets or bards, of whatever grade, were composers of eulogy and satire, and a chief duty was that of composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deeds, and memorising the genealogies of their patrons. It was essential to their livelihood that they increase the fame of their patrons, via tales, poems and songs