Today’s Ireland has never lost the link with its pagan past, never forgotten the old ways. This book reveals the hidden world of pagan Ireland, showing it still exists among the people and in the landscape where it belongs.
In a land like ours, the old beliefs bring pleasure and wisdom…
Exploring the legends, special places and treasured practices of old, Jo Kerrigan reveals a rich world beneath Ireland’s modern layers.
So many of today’s Irish traditions reach back to our ancient past, to the natural world: climbing to the summit of a mountain at harvest time; circling a revered site three, seven or nine times in a sun-wise direction; hanging offerings on a thorn tree; bringing the ailing and infirm to a sacred well.
Old Ways, Old Secrets shows us how to uncover the wisdom of the past, as fresh as it is ancient.
'Inviting, lyrical text and beautiful, atmospheric photographs ... A fascinating read.' Evening Echo on West Cork: A Place Apart
an attractively produced book punctuated with interesting quotes, poems and sepia-toned photographs bringing to life many folk stories and bardic tales … A fascinating book which would make a delightful gift for anyone interested in Ireland’s ancient traditions, wonderful landscape, mythical sites and unique folklore
a magical journey through the myths and traditions of Pagan Ireland … lifts Ireland’s modern layers to reveal a hidden world beneath
Kerrigan's book is invaluable for anyone with Irish ancestry, such as myself, seeking to know more of its ancient history and myths, and of the many sites that we can visit to see and feel the legacy that lives on to this day
for the Irish person who loves this country and the folklore it is built on
an interesting new book on Irish beliefs and traditions
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