Category: Ireland

Halloween’s celebration of mingling with the dead has roots in ancient Celtic celebrations of Samhain; Tok Thompson; The Conversation

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A folklorist explains how Halloween continues an ancient Celtic tradition of the celebration of the dead.

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The 5 best Skellig Islands tours, according to reviews; Jade Poleon; Ireland Before You Die

The Skellig Islands tours are one of the best Irish attractions for both foreign visitors and the Irish people themselves, so Jade Poleon has ranked the five best tours of the mystical islands according to reviews. The UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael and the Skellig Islands have always been a ‘wow’ factor for anyone visiting Ireland, and even for the Irish themselves.

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Ancient tomb’s awesome astrological light show draws crowds; RT

Ireland – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

An astounding display of astrological genius by the ancient Irish – best showcased by the once-a-year illumination of a giant prehistoric tomb – has been scuppered by bad weather.

The highly-anticipated 5,000-year-old sun ritual, which occurs annually on the shortest day of the year (December 21), sees a beam of light travel up the burial monument’s narrow passageway before lighting up its main chamber for 17 minutes.

However, the majesty of Newgrange – an engineering masterpiece and a focal point in Ireland’s rich tapestry of mythology – is still weather-dependent. Overcast skies and rain meant the light show never came to pass.

The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath is one of Ireland’s greatest known historical monuments, and was due to take center stage on Wednesday.

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