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The Banshee – A’Bhan-sìthe

The Banshee – A’Bhan-sìthe

The word ‘fairy’ does not translate sìth well at all well. You know that old expression ‘lost in translation? Well, ‘fairy’ is the ultimate understatement. The sìthichean have awesome powers and should be treated…

Viking Myth: The Poetic Edda

Viking Myth: The Poetic Edda

Viking Poetry– Important! In the Viking Age, anything important was composed in poetry. Poetry! And you thought poetry was for wimps. Most of what is known about Norse mythology is…

A Queen of the Fairies

Anu, Goddess of Munster Anu or Ana was a goddess, the personification of the rivers, the seas and the oceans, who embodied fertility, abundance, and regeneration. She was the principal…

Fairies: The Old Gods

In England, before the Norman Conquest of 1066, fairies were called elves. Fairy is a word borrowed from French. Walt Disney would have you believe that fairies are sweet little…

Grace O’Malley – Pirate Queen?

Grace O’Malley – Pirate Queen?

The O’Malleys Grace O’Malley is famous (infamous?) as a ‘pirate queen’ in English records of the 16th century. But was she a pirate or a queen? The O’Malleys, the Uí Máille, held…