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CULTURE: 2013 Goddess Gathering

It is worth mentioning as I have previously written about Queen Maeve of Connaught [Queen Maeve] that she will feature along with the Morrigan (Tuatha Dé Danann War Goddess) and Flidhais (Tuatha Dé Danann Fertility Goddess) at an Irish Goddess gathering on the weekend of the 22nd to the 24th of November 2013. The event will take place at Rathcroghan Visitor’s Centre in County Roscommon, Ireland – the legendary home of Queen Maeve and centre for Druids, Kings and Queens of Connaught. This should be an interesting weekend with accredited speakers at the event like: Lorraine Evans, Lora O’Brien, Stephan Grundy, Vivianne Crowley, Janet and Stewart Farrar. Bios on each of the speakers can be found on the website for the event at the following link:
2013 Goddess Gathering
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HIST & MYTH: Tuatha Dé Danann

Written by Ben Kesp
For some time now, I had wanted to write a summary on the mysterious tribe that once ruled Ireland called the Tuatha Dé Danann. I have often mentioned them in previous blog pieces, however as I set out to research this mysterious race, I soon discovered there is a vast amount of material written on these people by many sources.Deciphering what is fact or fiction can at times be difficult.Prior to written history, knowledge of our earlier ancestors I believe is really not possible to tell.

Taking a step back to what we do know is that the earliest known evidence of habitation begins in Ireland around 8,000 BC after the last Ice age when the country had been an arctic wasteland.  The ice age eradicated any earlier evidence of human inhabitation. Most of the written history of Europe started under Roman control however as Ireland had never been in the Roman Empire, earliest written records did not begin until the Christian Period in the 5th Century.  Archaeologists and…

CULTURE: Ireland's Great House Ruins

Written by Ben Kesp

Loftus Hall 

Following on from “Ireland’s Great Houses”, it should also be worth noting the great ruins that can be seen around the Irish country side, if you are lucky enough to stumble across one. I found an interesting link which follows, showing magnificent images of these amazing houses as the ruins stand today.
Ireland's Great House Ruins

Not enough fame and publicity is given to Ireland’s great houses in comparison to that of the houses in the UK. This is being rectified slowly. Many books have been written and more are currently being compiled detailing the life of the Anglo Irish Aristocracy associated with these grand houses. Take a little time to get to know these houses with some current reads on the market:
Voices from Great Houses by Jane O’Hea Keeffe & Maurice O’KeeffeIn Ruins: The Once Great Houses of Irelandby Duncan McLaren Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Part I & IIby Tarquin BlakeGreat Houses of Irelandby Hugh Montgomery-Massingberd

To th…