Category Archives: Mysticism

Gearóid Iarla and Ennis

In Inis an Laoigh in mid-bay, in Clonroad of the kings, listening to the gurgling of streams, I have been for two months.   These were my three kinds of music: the playing of O’Brien’s harp while drinking beer, the … Continue reading

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The Passage Tombs of the Sierra Carpurias, Zamora, Spain

If I needed proof beyond his writings of Oxford professor Barry Cunliffe’s theory that from the Neolithic onwards Europe’s Atlantic seaboard shared a common culture, I found it lately amongst the wheat fields and evergreen oaks of north-western Spain’s province of … Continue reading

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Wedge Tombs

The wedge tomb is an exclusively Irish phenomenon, although there is some resemblance to the galley graves found in Brittany, implying its cultural transmission northwards along the age-old Atlantic sea route from Armorica to Ireland. Within Ireland there is a specific distribution of … Continue reading

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The Grotto and the Sun Goddess

Don’t be put off by the name. Nicker (Co. Limerick, Ireland), meaning “the rabbit warren” (an coinicéar in the original Irish), is a very unique place. Along with Glencolmcille and Leacht Benáin, half way up Croagh Patrick, the grotto behind … Continue reading

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