Peter J Merrigan

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Aine the Irish goddess of love and fertility
April 1, 2021

Aine, Goddess of Love and Fertility

Of all the gods and goddesses in Irish lore, Áine is revered most in southern parts of Ireland. She is the goddess of love and fertility.
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rock salt sample
March 30, 2021

The Production of Salt in Ancient Ireland

Although salt is present in every living thing, mining it can be difficult. But how did communities gather salt in ancient Ireland, and what uses did it have?
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Aoife of the Land of Shadows
March 28, 2021

Aoife’s War and Peace with Cú Chulainn

The tales of old are filled with wonder. The story of Aoife, and both her rivalry with and love for Cú Chulainn, is no exception.
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Ireland, 279 BC. A nation at war. For two boys, it will be gruelling. For Ireland . . . it will be bloody.

When the first raiding skirmishes of a foreign army are crushed and Ireland mourns her dead, one king knows their newfound peace is destined to fail. As Overking of Ailigh, Keeper of the North, he calls for the boys of his Celtic tribes to train as formidable warriors under his command.

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For Áed, it begins as a fantastical quest. For Rónán, it helps him escape a cruel chieftain. Together, they must train and grow in strength and might. And when the invading army returns, a nation goes to war, united under one banner.

Meanwhile, Áed's sister begins her training as a druid, learning the spiritual ways of the earth. And when the goddess Cáer speaks to her in her dreams, she knows that Ireland's future hangs in the balance.

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With Áed skilled in close combat, and Rónán blessed with an archer's eye, they fight side by side, champions of the Celts. But death is close. And the tides of war are forever in flux.

The Irish Celts know one thing: if the warmongering foreigners aren't defeated, not even the druids can change the course of destiny.

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