Jul 20 2013

Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland by Christy Jackson Nicholas

Mythical Ireland by Christy Nicholas

Mythical Ireland

Pic: Tirgearr Publishing

For those who love the Emerald Isle as much as we do, sometimes it is a real pleasure to see a book such as this that explores the Mythical and Magical side of the Land through the artistic medium of Photography. The author/photographer of this book, Christy Nicholas, is a long-time show listener and it is with pride, that we are sharing her blog post about the book with you. Over to Christy:

Do you find yourself drawn to the magic of the Emerald Isle? Would you like to see places beyond the typical tourist traps? Come, join me on a journey through the mists of legend, into the hidden places of mystery. Immerse yourself in the legends and myths, the history that has made this island precious in the hearts and minds of millions. Along with the tales and history, there is practical information on planning your trip, budgeting your costs, and finding the best places to while away the magical hours of your holiday.

Excerpt:

“The Magical Facet – The Fair Folk

Everyone has heard of fairies, of creatures with supernatural powers to curse, to bless, to find gold, or to cause mischief. Literature and art is full of them – from Shakespeare to contemporary artists Amy Brown or Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. Western culture, especially in the US, is bred on Disney’s Tinker Bell, children’s books of flower fairies from Victorian artists, and grim tales of the darker side of these Fae folk.

In Ireland, fairies, known as the Sídhe (pronounced shee) or the Good Folk, originate from the Tuatha Dé Danann, the people who immigrated to the island before the Sons of Míl. Supposedly full of powers, the Tuatha Dé Danann could not bear to be near iron, and therefore their superior skills were for naught. Rather than leave the land they loved, they agreed to reside below the earth. For this reason, caves are said to be entrances into their underworld homes. Traces of this legend can be seen in the classic film, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, where Darby is led under a mountain to the Fairy King’s palace. Ireland has countless portals, be they hills, hawthorn trees, caves, wells, or other sacred places.

A more Christianized origin of these creatures claim they are angels which fell to Earth before humans resided there. They live beneath the waves or gardens, and while some are evil, others can be helpful – as long as they are treated with respect.

While many modern legends show the fairies to be sweet, kind, magical creatures, this is really a Victorian creation. The traditional views in Ireland and Scotland show the Sídhe to be mischievous to the point of cruelty –a force to be reckoned with. They are not sought out by the wise. In fact, most of the herb and spell lore of an almost forgotten era is meant to instruct how to keep you from coming to the Folks’ attention”

My many ensnaring journeys

While I am a mild-mannered accountant during the day, when I escape the humdrum daily life my mind runs wild with creating art, writing, and taking photographs. My eBook is filled with photographs I took while traveling the mystical island of Ireland. Each time I travel, I find more things to ensnare my soul. The latest trip involved the wild and rugged County Donegal, and I ache to go back, perhaps, someday, permanently.

The first time I arrived in Ireland was in 1996. It was my first time traveling anywhere as an adult, my first true vacation. I was also on my own, aged 26, and full of wonder. The three days was much too brief, but I landed in Dublin, rented a car, chose a road and drove, not really caring what was at the end of it. I don’t think I ever truly returned from that journey.

Christy Nicholas

Christy Nicholas

Pic: Christy Nicholas

On my webpage, you can find more photographs from Ireland, as well as from Scotland, England, Canada and the US. In addition, I have digital paintings with mythological themes, and jewelry I create with seed beads. Please, enjoy your visit!

Your questions and feedback are, of course, welcome! I will be giving away a gift card to Amazon or B&N (winner’s choice) for $10 for someone – just leave a comment!

Tirgearr Publishing link:

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Nicholas_Christy/ireland-guide.htm

Amazon Kindle link:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DFPBFGU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DFPBFGU&linkCode=as2&tag=tirgeapubli09-20

Visit my website for more stunning photographs of the magical Isle of Ireland and beyond!

www.GreenDragonArtist.com

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Ireland: Mythical, Magical, Mystical – A Guide to Hidden Ireland by Christy Jackson Nicholas”

  1. Christy Nicholason 20 Aug 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you so much, mo chara, for the post!

  2. Garyon 21 Aug 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hi Christy,

    You’re most welcome :)

    Gary xxxx

  3. Mariellen McKeonon 15 Nov 2013 at 12:51 am

    The first time I visited Ireland, I was magically drawn to it. I had a feeling that I was home. Can’t wait to go back. i will visit the website. Mariellen

  4. Garyon 15 Nov 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Mariellen,

    We love Ireland – a truly magical place! :)

    Blessings

    Gary xxx

  5. karla julianoon 04 Jan 2014 at 5:05 am

    for years now, i keep shrugging this urge to visit Ireland. thinking it was just because of the books I have read by Nora Roberts about magic, lush green slopes and hills, trees that so tall it is as though it can pierce through the sky, etc. then I find myself looking for books, places, cottages, bookshops that contain even a little bit of Ireland magic…but Im afraid cause i will not have my friends there and i dont know whats in store for me if and when i go there…any advice?

  6. Garyon 04 Jan 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Karla,

    Ireland is a magical place and as long as you visit some of the country villages as well as the towns and cities, you’ll bump into magic wherever you go. Book yourself a vacation :)

    Blessings

    Gary & Ruthie xxx

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