Tag Archives: Tradition

Twas the Night before Christmas………………………….

As usual, the kids are still up, all the final bits of shopping have been done and well if I have forgotten anything it will just have to wait. The kids are watching Home Alone for the millionth time this … Continue reading

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The Legend of Jack O’ Lantern

Every October, carved pumpkins begin to peer out from porches and doorsteps. These orange coloured fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign that the Halloween season has begun. However this was not always the … Continue reading

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Samhain 2015

As the tide of winter approaches at an unworldly speed, there is an ever increasing sense of magic in the air, which you will only encounter at this time of year. Ok so the dark mornings and evenings can be … Continue reading

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Lloyd the Elf

Well the christmas season has well and truely kicked in, which is probably why I have’nt been out exploring as much as I would normaly. Last year the Mooney house recieved a special visitor for December in the form of … Continue reading

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The Wizard of Kilkea Castle

Kilkea Castle has a long history which spans back to 1181AD when a Norman Knight Walter De Riddlesford was said to have built a motte & bailey castle here. Just for continuity Kilkea Castle came into the hands of the … Continue reading

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Turnips, Pumpkins and a man called Jack…..

We can blame our American friends for keeping this tradition alive, although much of our Samhain celebrations have been commercialized and corrupted over the years, a flicker of truth which lies just beneath the surface of Halloween can tell a … Continue reading

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The Wizard Earl

The following tales has been handed down through the ages from Lord Walter Fitzgerald and concerns a Garrett Oge or Gerald (the younger) Fitzgerald whom became the 11th Earl of Kildare and the sole male heir of the Kildare Geraldine’s … Continue reading

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Harbinger of Sorrow – The Bean-Sidhe

In ancient times a race of people arrived on a small island in the Atlantic Ocean which later became known as Ireland. These were the Tuatha Dé Danann or the children of the Goddess Danu. They were a magical people … Continue reading

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Dumb Supper, A Samhain Tradition.

Apart from being a New Year’s celebration or Harvest Festival, which predates the arrival of the Celts in Ireland, Samhain  is a special time,  were  the past, present, and future all become intertwined. The dead and the inhabitants of the … Continue reading

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Colmcille’s Well

This place really brings back memories, as a kid I remember spending many summer days up at the Hell Fire Club up on Montpellier hill. It was a good hour and a half of a hike and we would spend … Continue reading

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