Peter J Merrigan

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History of Ireland
March 26, 2021

An (Incomplete) History of Ireland: From the Dawn of Man

This (incomplete) History of Ireland infographic touches on many of the historic points in Ireland's expansive past, from 14,000 BC to present day.
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a solitary standing stone
March 23, 2021

Druids of Ancient Ireland: The Society and its Beliefs

The druids of ancient Ireland are a mystery. Were human sacrifices real? Could the druids perform magic? Find out about their society, practices and beliefs.
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Oisin, son of Fionn
March 20, 2021

Who was Oisín?

Oisín (Ossian) was a son of Fionn mac Cumhaill. He was a warrior in the Fianna and Ireland’s greatest poet. He spent 300 years in the Land of Promise.
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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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Peter J MerriganPeter J Merrigan was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. He was first published at the age of 17 in the Simon and Schuster anthology CHILDREN OF THE TROUBLES, edited by Laurel Holliday. His first novel was THE CAMEL TRAIL.

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