Monday, August 5, 2013

New film about remembering our ancient ancestors

This is a short film about communing with ancient ancestors at the 5,000-year-old sacred site of Dowth, a cairn built, according to legend, on the command of the king of Ireland, Bresail. The film is set to the beautiful and haunting music of Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, from her album 'Songs of the Scribe'. I hope you enjoy it.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fascinating and precise alignment of Ireland's sacred sites including Newgrange, Hill of Tara and Slane


There are some extraordinary alignments of ancient sites in Ireland. Two of these are now documented in new videos on Mythical Ireland.

The first involves Newgrange, perhaps the most famous of Irish monuments, with other sites which sit precisely along the winter solstice axis. You can read about the alignment and watch the video here:


The recently launched Brigid's Way Celtic Pilgrimage, which followed a route from Faughart in Louth to County Kildare was tracing out the route of a precise alignment of ancient sites discovered by Richard Moore and I during research for our book 'Island of the Setting Sun'. Read more about how this alignment was discovered, and watch a ten-minute video about the discovery at this link:

I have added some pictures from the first day of the pilgrimage here:


"It is good work," cried all the De Danaans, "we will stay and do it, but Brigit must go to Moy Mel and Tir-na-Moe and Tir-nan-Oge and Tir-fo-Tonn, and all the other worlds, for she is the Flame of Delight in every one of them."

"Yes, I must go," said Brigit.

"O Brigit!" said Ogma, "before you go, tie a knot of remembrance in the fringe of your mantle so that you may always remember this place--and tell us, too, by what name we shall call this place."

"Ye shall call it the White Island," said Brigit, "and its other name shall be the Island of Destiny; and its other name shall be Ireland."

From Celtic Wonder Tales, by Ella Young (1910), illustrated by Maud Gonne.

Best wishes from Ireland,
Anthony Murphy,