Posts Tagged ‘john farrelly’

The statement below appears in the Irish Times on Thursday, 29th October, 2015: Sir, – Vincent Salafia’s article and warnings on our heritage and its abuse was urgently needed (“National monuments must be protected by clear laws”, October 27th). In September I visited the Tara Skryne Valley with friends. We visited a s…

Many of our myths contain the idea of sacred marriage between the goddess of the land, Maeve, and the mortal temporal king.  Maeve, from the Old Irish name Medb, meaning ‘intoxicating’ was also called Medb, Medhbh, Meadhbh, Meab, Meabh or Maev. She is a different figure from Queen Maeve of the Ulster Cycle.  Maeve, the…

Last year I was listening to a program on the origins of Irish Horse Fairs.  The program said that the first fair was held under the rule of King Ollamh Fodlaat Tara; circa 1200 BC.  This was part of the famous Feis Temrach; the feast of Tara which he inaugurated and which was held for three days before and after the N…

The mythological cycles of our literature tells us that in the Gabhra valley a great battle was fought between Na Fianna and the army of the King of Tara.  Na Fianna were defeated and made their exit from history.  It is written that their chiefs were buried on nearby Rath Lugh; the Rath of the Gabhra after the battle.…