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Beidh Aenach Amárach…

The Fairs of Early Irish Society The óenach, sometimes translated as “Fair”, was an important regular feature of early Irish society.  There were several kinds of public gathering, including slógadh, “hosting”, where a lord would gather his able tennants for military activity, and airecht, “court”, which was a gathering of freemen for legal purposes.  But …

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The Story of Macha

Near Armagh is the green mound of mysterious Emain Macha. This is the story of its naming. In my mind I still hear the rhythmic drumming of many hooves, the thrumming of the autumn rain. The soughing of breathing beasts, wind in the pasture grass. Flashes of colour, the crimson and gold of my goods …

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