Old Ways, Old Secrets

Old Ways, Old Secrets

Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * Tradition

Written by Jo Kerrigan, Photographs by Richard Mills

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. 

Hardback: €17.99
Hardback: 288 pages
Size:216x135 mm
ISBN: 9781847172815

E-Book (ePub): €11.99
Also available as an E-Book (ePub)
ISBN: 9781847177544

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

Jo Kerrigan

Jo Kerrigan grew up amid the wild beauties of West Cork; after working in the UK as writer, academic and journalist, she returned home to the place she loved best. She now writes regularly for a range of publications, including The Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo as well as international magazines, and operates a very popular online weblog.

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

Ulster Archaeological Society’s Newsletter

a magical journey through the myths and traditions of Pagan Ireland … lifts Ireland’s modern layers to reveal a hidden world beneath

Donegal Post

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

Magonia Review

for the Irish person who loves this country and the folklore it is built on

Evening Echo

an interesting new book on Irish beliefs and traditions

Ireland’s Own

Richard Mills, born in Provence, moved to West Cork at the age of 16. Since then he has combined the career of press photographer with The Irish Examiner and Evening Echo, with that of keen wildlife photographer, garnering many national and international awards and seeing his images published across the world. He has also been the subject of a TV programme by the wildlife film maker, Eamon de Buitlear.

Also by Jo Kerrigan:

West Cork: A Place Apart
Follow the Old Road
Brehon Laws
Stories from the Sea

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Also by Richard Mills:

West Cork: A Place Apart
Follow the Old Road
Brehon Laws
Stories from the Sea

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