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CULTURE: The Single Coyote

Post 245. 
Guest Post by T. Ponder
There are several experiences, tales, and myths about the coyote. This article is an expansion of the Mythical Coyote. Coyotes are sometimes found in the wild alone or are sometimes in the wild in groups, but the differences of coyote interaction may force the coyote to be cunning. Gathering food or any other different behavior can bring the coyote out of the woodland. I've had an experience with a coyote that displayed The Single Coyote
During the late hours of the night, the single coyote came creeping through the empty parking lot. The cunning was stunning when I realized I was face to face with this animal. The distance appeared far; the coyote was too close. Its eyes glimmered from the light of the street-lamp. I quickly stood up from the bench. For a short while the coyote was motionless, it’s tail slightly stiff. I had no choice. I quickly searched my bag for a sharp object. I slightly turned my back and once I turned around again, the co…
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HIST & MYTH: Hill of Uisneach - An Ancient and Mystical site

Post 244. Written by Ben Kesp
Long before the Hill of Tara had become the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Uisneach in Co. Westmeath, had been the centre of power. It is an ancient and mystical place that connected the ancient Irish kingdoms and where the king would ceremoniously marry the Goddess Éiru on his inauguration as the High King of Ireland. 
Ériu was one of the three Danann Queens who set forth to meet with the Milesians who sailed to Ireland from the dead lands (Spain). Each queen asked that the new invaders would name Ireland after them. Ériu was chosen and Ireland was named Erin. Following an inevitable conflict between the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians, all three Danann kings and their queens were killed during the battle of Tailtiu (Co. Meath). The final resting place for the Goddess Ériu is under a colossal thirty tonne stone known as the “Catstone” due to its appearance of a cat watching a mouse. The stone is also referred to as the “Navel of Irelan…

CULTURE: Exploring Quin Abbey

Post 243. Written by Ben Kesp

Recently I visited what can only be described as a beautiful and excellently preserved 15th century structure of Quin Abbey in Co. Clare, Ireland

Quin Abbey in the village of Quin, is a ruined Franciscan abbey dating from 1402. The abbey or friary occupies an earlier site of the Anglo-Norman de Clare fortress built in 1278 and destroyed in 1318. Quin abbey continued functioning until 1820. 
Today it is a National Monument and one of the most intact medieval Franciscan friaries in Ireland.


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HIST & MYTH: Tlachtga and Samhain

Post 242 Written by Ben Kesp 
The end of another seasonal cycle is fast approaching and we are all getting ready to celebrate the ancient festival of Samhain. There is no other place in Ireland or the world more associated to the festival of Samhain than at Tlachtga or the “Hill of the Ward”, located near Athboy in Co. Meath, Ireland, twelve miles from the Hill of Tara. This is an ancient archaeological site which saw a big excavation dig in the summer of 2014 and like Tara the earthen works are most impressive by air. 
It was on this hill over two thousand years ago that saw the birth of Samhain which would later become better known as Halloween. In Irish Mythology, Tlachtga is the daughter of Mud Ruith a powerful druid and sun god. He is a figure of immense power and could grow to great sizes and his breath could turn people to stone! Not someone you would want to cross! According to myth and the tales that are retold, Tlachtga travelled with her father Mug Ruith to Italy to study un…

LITERATURE: Mondays Book Talk

Post 241.  Mondays Book Talk: Series 6 
Written by Ben Kesp The Golden Age Dawns by Gabriel Woods
I was given The Golden Age Dawns to read a few months ago and I was not sure what to expect from this paranormal adventure written by author Gabriel Woods. The Golden Age Dawns is book one of a trilogy exploring the societies across Europe that are crumbling under disease and destruction which has been spread to the continent by unseen and evil forces. Life on earth is not as people believe it to be. A fierce unseen cosmic battle is taking place between two great alien powers and the human race is caught in the middle. 

Woods has told an interesting and compelling story. It’s fast paced with plenty of action that pulls the reader in to see what will happen next. The story contains multiple characters and each has been selected to fulfil their destined path to help in saving or destroying the human race. Developing multiple characters can be difficult and can prevent connection to the emotion…

LITERATURE: The Top 10 from 5 Years

Post 240  Written by Ben Kesp
The Literature & Culture Corner Blog celebrates its 5th birthday this October so I am sharing the top 10 most read posts over the last five years. Remember the blog is open to contributors who wish to share their passion for culture and heritage, be interviewed on a related topic or to showcase a new book or publication. 

Just a reminder to let you know that you can publish, share and gain exposure on this blog for your interests on culture, history, literature, poetry, flash fiction and mythology. For more on contributing, check out the Submissions Page on the Ben Kesp Website
With over 80K views and 240 posts, the following are the top ten in order of the most read:
#1 Exploring Ireland’s Ancient Tombs #2 One City – Two Cathedrals: Part 1 Christ Church #3 Mondays Book Talk – Call from an Angel by Guillame Musso #4 Revisiting the Tuatha Dé Danann #5 Blog’s 4th Birthday #6 Mondays Book Talk – The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker #7 Rev…

LITERATURE: Mondays Book Talk

Post 239. 
Mondays Book Talk: Series 6
Guest Talk byMikeH Down: Pinhole (Down #1)by Glenn Cooper 
DOWN: Pinhole is the first instalment of an explosive new trilogy by international bestselling author, Glenn Cooper


John Camp is a former military officer and heads security at a super-collider tunnel around London. He is in a relationship with Emily Loughty, the director of the collider program. On the day of the first collider test run, John is there for security purposes and watches Emily disappear and a rough-looking man appears in her place who turns out to be an English serial killer sentenced and executed in 1949. 
John heads up the team to find the mysterious killer who fled from the laboratory. In great despair, John volunteers to reproduce the experiment by placing himself in the same spot where Emily disappeared with the hope of finding her and bringing her back. The story takes off from this point and switches between the present and “Down” a place named so by its infamous inhabi…