Irish Culture & Heritage Blog
Proud to Be a tree HuggerThese amazing arborial entities form such an important link with our planet's ecosystem that we can literally trace the impact of deforestation on global climate. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, a byproduct of human existence, and release oxygen, a necessity for human existence.
Faith is Found in Uncertainty. Believe...
Life is messy. Sure there are times when progress comes easy and smiles are frequent, but there are also times when every step we take feels laboured, the progress uncertain, and smiles few and far between.
What then do we do? What makes us get up again and again and try, no matter the perceived lack of reward?
Ogham Series - Eolas - Knowledge
Eolas is the Irish word for Knowledge, but though it can be used for information, it is interesting that this word also covers a practical understanding or familiarity that some might attribute to deeper comprehension.
Ogham Series - Bua - VictoryBua is the Irish word for Victory, but it can also be applied in a number of other ways, describing a persons talent, merit, some special quality, or even their destiny or lot in life.
The Ogham Series - Neart - StrengthOgham is the first written script of Ireland. Combining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.
Neart is the Irish word for Strength, but it can also be read as force or power.
Ogham Series - Misneach - CourageMisneach is the Irish word for courage. Unlike many other Irish words there does not appear to be alternative meanings to this term. The concept of courage is something that many would see as a fundamental facet of the human condition, as core to our existence as fear.
Ogham Series - Buíochas - GratitudeCombining this ancient script with the words from the living Irish language our Ogham series hopes to bring new energy and awareness to both.
Buíochus is the Irish word for Gratitude.
Under the shelter of each other, people survive. - Sean Fhocail SeriesThe Irish language is often remarked upon for it's poetic turn of phrase and that is no more obvious in the sean fhocail - or 'old words'. Sean fhocail are well known sentences that some might see as cliché, but when each one of them is considered in more than just passing, the deeper wisdom and cultural insights can be glimpsed.
Ar scáth a chéile, a mhaireann na daoine translates as "Under the shelter of each other, people survive."
"A good Start is Half the work". - Tús Maith Leath Na Hoibre
Tús Maith Leath Na Hoibre translates as "A good Start is Half the work".
Often in our lives we fall afoul of a difficult to perceive influence which we are exposed to all of the time in our modern world. We are constantly shown how "great" a thing is in its completed state and rarely the effort that went into getting it there.
There Is No Prosperity Without Discipline.Ní Bhíonn An Rath Acht Mar A mBionn An Smacht, translates as “There Is No Prosperity Without Discipline.” I find this phrase as both a motivation and a bit of a call out, which makes me smile.
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Fairy Ring - Do Not Enter.
Ireland has long been a place set between the worlds and here to this very day we have some very firm and rightly observed lore about the folk of the Otherworld. From our early stories we are told the sidhe and the danger that may befall the unwary. One such danger is known as the fairy ring.
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