St. Patrick’s Day is a lovely time, when people good-naturedly say ‘everyone is Irish’.
What is it about the Irish culture and people that draw us so? It’s a tiny island on the edge of Europe. But the Irish have infiltrated many people’s lives indelibly. I know it has mine. I feel at home in Ireland more than any place in the world. It’s my soul’s home, mo anam bhaile.
I first set foot on Ireland on my first real vacation, 20 years ago. I felt balanced there, a home I never knew but always yearned for. The land itself welcomed me with open arms, and I’ve gone back many times. I hope to live there someday.
Is the land itself alive? Of course it is. It is teeming with life, both seen and unseen. It is a magic in and of itself, and it knows those that belong there. Those that treasure it and cherish it. I know this in my bones, in my blood, and I know that Ireland is my land.
The digital painting above I created to represent the Goddess Eriu, she who greeted the Celts when they arrived in Ireland. She let them pass only if they promised to name the land for her. The background photo is one I took in Dingle, over the Conor Pass.
What do you yearn for? Have you tasted it? Is it everything you wanted it to be? It’s so rare our dreams turn out to be true.
Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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