Tag Archives: Iron Age

What’s in a Name?

Cuibhlean stòlda mu dheas,  [The wheels of industry at a standstill,] Na fàsaichean a’ tuath,   [The northern lands wasted,] An taigh-mòr falamh an Dùn-éideann   [The empty house in Edinburgh] Gun chumhachd gun ghuth.  [Without authority or voice.]      (Macdonald, … Continue reading

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Into the West

Back in May, in celebration of the first annual Tolkien Burren Festival, we took a look at how author J.R.R. Tolkien’s love for Ireland – especially the Burren – may have influenced The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. … Continue reading

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If it’s written in the annals…

I get a kick out of the commercial where a man’s using his State Farm app to diagram an accident. A female friend of his comes along and asks what he’s doing. She says, “I thought State Farm didn’t have … Continue reading

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The Spear-Mighty

Overshadowed in legend by their contemporaries to the north, south, and west, the history of the Laigin tribes is no less rich. The land of these confederate tribes formed roughly what would become the Province of Leinster in southeastern Ireland. … Continue reading

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Cormac for President

As you cast your vote for the next President of the United States, take pride in knowing that you’re carrying out an ancient Irish tradition. Of course, there were no voting booths then, no campaign funds, no polls, and certainly … Continue reading

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Some Assembly Required

August brings out some of the best artisans in the state, and I always look forward to milling among the vendors’ stalls at local craft fairs and art shows. If money were no object, I’d need a bigger house to … Continue reading

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Smoke on the Water…and Fire in the Sky

Last week, while it was still officially winter, the temperature reached 87°F here in Michigan — for not one freaky day but for several days straight! What’s wrong with this picture? Well, normally our average high this time of year … Continue reading

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