I wouldn't be much of a writer if I didn't bring home a book or two from my Bardic Journey, would I?
I was completely captivated with "The Eve of St Agnes", a breathtaking stained glass masterpiece on display at Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Created by Irish artist, Harry Clarke, it was inspired by the John Keats poem of the same name and commissioned by Mr Harold Jacob for his father's home.
I stood before the display for some time and (because the photos I took didn't nearly do it justice) was delighted to find this book in their gift shop. You can learn more about it here :
I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon shopping in Sligo and absolutely loved it there! I was told to be on the lookout for this book, so naturally I scooped up a copy as soon as I saw it.
I also found this! If you take the time to chat with any of the residents of Sligo, they will tell you about the myths and legends centered around the area. The Goddess is very much alive there and is kept alive, thanks to those who share these stories!
I bought both books from Libre, a fabulous shop! http://liber.ie/
Last, but most certainly not least...
I had the pleasure of meeting Lora O'Brien, who guided us on a tour of Rathcroghan. We started at Rathcroghan Mound, where Medb, Queen of Connacht is said to have lived. Then we ventured to The Morrigan's Cave (a journey not for the faint of heart I can assure you). Both of which I will tell you more about another time. For now, I will say that Lora is an excellent resource not only regarding the land, but the mythology associated with it. I hope to one day buy her a pint so that we can chat about it in greater detail. I am certain she has many great stories to tell!
I purchased my copy from Lora directly, but you can find her books (as well as her blog) on her website. http://www.loraobrien.com/
I very much look forward to diving into these and will certainly write up a review for each once I've had a chance to do so. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more posts and pics from my Bardic Journey to Ireland!