Category Archives: Saints and Heroes

St. Patrick’s Chair – Make A Wish

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The old County Tyrone legend states that if you sit in St. Patrick’s Chair located in the Altadaven Wood, and make a wish – that wish will come true within one year. Mine did.  But I’m not telling .. because … Continue reading

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Kildare – St. Brigid’s Holy Well (Tobar Bride)

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Legend tells us that St Brigid was born near Kildare to a slave mother who was a Christian and very sickly. As a child, Brigid persuaded the Druid master to free her mother which in turn freed Brigid to enter … Continue reading

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Remembering Heroes and the Children of Lir

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Lir was the Lord of the Sea, in the days of the Tuatha de Danann.  He had four children – a daughter, Fionnualla and three sons – Aodh and twins Conn and Fiachra.  His wife died when the children were … Continue reading

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Grianán of Aileach – the Sun Palace

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Grianán of Aileach or Grianán Ailligh is a cashel on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal. It was the royal citadel of the northern Ui Néill  (O’Neills) from the 5th to 12th century. The Cashel The cashel dates to the … Continue reading

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Ardboe – Mystical Site on Enchanted Lough Neagh

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ARDBOE or Ard Bó  – a thin place in County Tyrone. In Irish the name means Height of the Cow. The Ardboe high cross stands 18 feet high on the shores of Lough Neagh. It has 20 scenes from the … Continue reading

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In the Irish Game of Thrones – Brian Boru Won

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The story of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, plays out like the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones. In the late tenth century, Ireland had about 500,000 inhabitants and 150 kings. It was an old land – a … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Knock – Apparitions in County Mayo

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On a rainy Thursday evening, August 21, 1879, in the small village of Knock, located in the Northwestern part of Ireland in County Mayo several villagers saw something strange at the back of the church.  Against the gable wall was … Continue reading

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The Magic of Harry Clarke in Dingle

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The Dingle Peninsula in Ireland’s south west corner is a magical place.  Everyone knows that.  But apart from the well-known sites like Slea Head, Gallarus Oratory, the Blasket Island, bee hive huts, and Mount Brandon there are hidden jewels often … Continue reading

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Mount Brandon – Named for St. Brendan

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St. Brendan, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, was a holy man and a navigator.  He was born and raised in the Dingle area, and  ordained a priest in 512 AD.  Brendan  was  founder of several monastic settlements in … Continue reading

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St. Gobnait’s Holy Well – Ballyvourney

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In the early 6th century when Gobnait fled her home in County Clare, she went to Inis Oírr. We don’t know why she fled, only that she believed she would find refuge in the Aran Islands. Legend states that an … Continue reading

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