A short video clip of "Ancient Music Ireland" playing in Temple Crom during the Gathering of the Celtic Druid Alliance 23-25 Sept 2016. Many will not know the significance of the three blasts on the long horn but it is a powerful event in our Gaelic Celtic Culture. The Hill of Allen is called Dún Ailinne (Knockaulin) and has special relevance to all on an Irish Celtic Path. The great hero Finn McCoole would use his war horn Borabú to call the warriors of Ireland to defend us from foreign attack. Borabú was played for Irish soldiers in May 2016 and again for the Celtic Druid Alliance in September 2016 - may the Celtic Spirit continue to rise...
The War Horn of Finn McCoole at the inaugural gathering of the Celtic Druid Alliance at Temple Crom 23-25 September 2016
Finn McCoole in the night sky
Finn McCoole and his Borabú war horn are visible in the night sky right now throughout October. Commonly referred to as the star group Orion we see this Winter champion as Finn McCoole. Right now there is a meteor shower from October the 2nd to November the 7th 2016 peaking on the 20th of October emanating from the mouth of Borabú. Look to the Skies and connect with the ancestors. They are always there - you just have to look up and if you see shooting stars just say "Borabú" and recall the great warrior of Celtic Ireland - Finn McCoole!
Castlerea isn't really one of those places you associate with epic sunsets. When you hear 'Castlerea', you might think, cattle, bogs and the Mart. Amongst other associations most people probably think nothing as they have never heard of it. Our magical anscestors knew about this special place thousands of years before we settled here. They built a multi-valete enclosure on the western slopes of Mullaghdooey hill on the edge of the Rath Croghan complex of monuments.
We guessed right, just at the last moments, the great pyramid mountain appeared. We were too late to see the sun set into the mountain, but it was a beautiful evening and sunset all the same.
Autumn Equinox 2013
This is the sequence we were hoping to see and perhaps will see again on the Spring Equinox.
I went for a lovely walk in our young forest today. Here are some pics...........
Celebrate the Spring Equinox with us here on our 16 acre West of Ireland retreat, for a weekend of Celtic Spirituality and Learning.
This March 15th to 17th, join us at the Celtic Druid Temple where we will offer local and organic food and living holy water as your sustenance for a weekend of Celtic Spirituality.
This weekend is a basic introduction to the Celtic Druid Path focusing on the Realm of Sky and the Cauldron of Wisdom. In the Realm of Sky we can see the myths of our great heroes. In the Cauldron of Wisdom we see the results of our knowledge and experience can create the basis for higher Wisdom. We look to the cycles of True Time that our Ancestors looked at.
We will also be hosting our monthly full moon ceremony and moot on the Sunday night here in Temple Crom and on Monday we will watch the sunset behind Ireland's holy mountain from Rathra, a four ring ceremonial enclosure 60 miles away from the Reek.
More than that; at noon on Monday 17th we celebrate the middle of the equal day/night called the Equinox with a sacred fire ceremony and we take Crom out from inside his Temple and place him over the entrance gates.
We offer many weekends throughout the year, please find more information and booking options here at Realm of Sky.
The Full Moon ceremony 8pm on the 16th of March and the Spring Equinox ceremony at noon on the 17th of March are open and free for all to attend.
Celtic Druid Temple Courses through 2014
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I've been looking for recipes and ideas for what to do with this harvest. My shelf in the kitchen is ladened with fermentation experiments! I'm really taken with Hawthorn at the moment. It's an amazing tree. It is a medicine and tonic for the heart (google it!).
Here's a hawthorn berry heart tonic recipie: 2 cups of boiling water on 3 tablespoons of freshly picked berries, cover and let stand over night till noon the next day in a warm place, then strain. 1 cup taken with meals at least twice a day. Enjoy!
Niamh and Con are founding members of Celtic Druid Temple and walk the path of Celtic Druids in Roscommon, Eire.