Kentoc’h Mervel Eget Bezañ Saotret

The “Seven Founder Saints” of Brittany, said to have come from Wales. Paol Aoreliann, at Saint-Pol-de-Léon (Breton: Kastell-Paol), Tudwal, at Tréguier (Breton: Landreger), Brieg, at Saint-Brieuc (Breton: Sant-Brieg, Gallo: Saent-Berioec), Maloù, at Saint-Malo (Breton: Sant-Maloù, Gallo: Saent-Malô), Samsun of Dol, at Dol-de-Bretagne (Breton: Dol, Gallo: Dóu), Padarn, at Vannes (Breton: Gwened), Kaourintin, at Quimper (Breton: Kemper).

The Ring of Brodgar

The Ring of Brodgar (or Brogar or Ring o’ Brodgar) is a Neolithic henge and stone circle in West Mainland parish of Stenness, Orkney, Scotland. Most henges do not contain stone circles; Brodgar is a striking exception, ranking with Avebury (and to a lesser extent Stonehenge) among the greatest of such sites. The ring of stones stands on an eastward-sloping plateau on the Ness o’ […]

Is Your Faith Ever Tested?

Bishop O’Neill: So Father, do you ever have any doubts? Is your faith ever tested? Any trouble you’ve been having with beliefs or anything like that? Father Dougal: Well you know the way God made us, and he’s looking down at us from heaven? Bishop O’Neill: Yeah… Father Dougal: And then his Son came down […]

I Myself Shall Be a Hound

‘Indeed we know that boy’, said Conall Cernach, ‘and we know him all the better in that he is a fosterling of ours. Not long after the deed which Fergus has just related, he performed another exploit.’ ‘When Culann the smith prepared a feast for Conchobar, he asked Conchobar not to bring a great crowd […]

Not Unworthy of Our Lineage

Rather let the flames envelope our dwellings, and our fields be gleaned with fire and sword; than that the one shall furnish shelter for the armed incendiaries who invade us, or the other yield him food. If we must, after being overborne, retire to cave and mountains, we shall at least perpetuate the forms of […]

Lachlan McPherson & Ewan McPherson

Lachlan McPherson and Ewan McPherson as depicted in watercolour by Kenneth MacLeay RSA and published in the work, The Highlanders of Scotland.

The Death of the Boys

‘Another time he was playing ball in the playing-field east of Emain, he alone on one side against the thrice fifty boys. He kept defeating them in every game in that way all the time. Eventually the boy began to belabour them with his fists and fifty of them died. Whereupon he fled and hid […]

Cæsar on the Druids

Chapter XIII Throughout all Gaul there are two orders of those men who are of any rank and dignity: for the commonality is held almost in the condition of slaves, and dares to undertake nothing of itself, and is admitted to no deliberation. The greater part, when they are pressed either by debt, or the large amount of their […]