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Full Title: Motherfoclóir – Dispatches from a not so dead language Review: I think this is the best book I read on the Irish language in a long time. Not only am I learning Irish vocabulary and all the different peculiarities it has but I’m also … Continue reading…


Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland

Title: Celtic Cosmology: Perspectives from Ireland and Scotland Editors: Jacqueline Borsje (Editor), Ann Dooley (Editor), Séamus Mac Mathúna (Editor), Gregory Toner (Editor) Publisher: Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Published: April 1st 2014 ISBN: 0888448260 (ISBN13: 9780888448262) Pages: 324 including Bibliography. Synopsis: From the deep sea to the waters above the sky, from the world beneath our feet to the promised […]


Blood of the Celts

Full Title: Blood of the Celts – The New Ancestral Story Author: Jean Manco Publisher: Thames & Hudson Published: 2015 ISBN: 978-0-500-05183-2 Pages: 240 including illustrations, end notes, Appendix, Bibliography, and Index Synopsis: Blood of the Celts brings together genetic, archaeological, and linguistic evidence to address the often-debated question: who were the Celts? What peoples or […]


How to Read a Myth

Title: How to Read a Myth Series: Phylosophy and Literary Theory Author: William Marderness Publisher: Humanity Books Synopsis: Roland Barthes and Mircea Eliade pioneered two contrasting yet equally influential theories of myth. Until now, no one has successfully integrated Barthes’ interpretation of myth as a system of signs and Eliade’s interpretation of myth as a […]


Bog Bodies Uncovered

Full Title: Bog Bodies Uncovered: Solving Europe’s Ancient Mystery Author: Miranda Aldhouse-Green Synopsis: Some 2,000 years ago, certain unfortunate individuals were violently killed and buried not in graves but in bogs. What was a tragedy for the victims has proved an archaeologist’s dream… Continue reading…



Name of Series: Pagan Portals Full Title: Brigid – Meeting the Celtic Goddess of Poetry, Forge, and Healing Well Author: Morgan Daimler Synopsis: Pagan Portals – Brigid is a basic introduction to the Goddess Brigid focusing on her history and myth as well as her modern devotion and worship. Primarily looking at the Irish Goddess […]


An Leabhar Urnai A Book Of Celtic Reconstructionist Friendly Prayers

An Leabhar Urnaí: A Book of Celtic Reconstructionist Friendly Prayers By Air n-Aithesc (Our Message) in Air n-Aithesc Press Books 92 pages, published 3/1/2016 An Leabhar Urnaí: A Book of Celtic Reconstructionist Friendly Prayer, was inspired by Ceisiwr Serith’s book A book of Pagan Prayer. This book offers prayers and invocations in Old Irish, Gaulish, […]


Understanding Celtic Religion

Full Title: Understanding Celtic Religion – Revisiting The Pagan Past Series: New Approaches to Celtic Religion and Mythology Synopsis: (From back of the book) Although it has long been acknowledged that the early Irish literary corpus preserves both pre-Christian and Christian elements, the challenges involved in the understanding of these different strata have not been […]


The Kingship and Landscape of Tara

**This review was first published in Air n-Aithesc Volume II, Issue II. Editor: Edel Bhreathnach Publisher: Four Court Press for The Discovery Programme Published: 2005 ISBN: 9781851829545 Synopsis: (From the Four Courts Press Website) This volume is the culmination of an inter-disciplinary project undertaken as part of the Discovery Programme involving archaeologists, historians, linguists and […]


A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes

Author: Jonathan Bardon Pages: 592 including works cited and Bibliography. Synopsis: Jonathan Bardon covers all the obvious things: the invasions, battles, development of towns and cities, the Reformation, the Georgian era, the Famine, rebellions and resistance, the difference of Ulster, partition, the twentieth century. What makes his book so valuable, however, … Continue reading…


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