According to Diarmaid Ó Muirithe, the name Sheila derives from Cecily, ‘the English form of the Latin name of the…virgin martyr St Cecilia…The Anglo-Normans brought the name to Ireland and in time it became in the Irish language Síle..
Today, on our morning swim together.
I watch her dive, hair streaming,
at home among the waves…
You won’t find these in the bush.
Thistles, nettles, tumbleweed,
three-cornered jacks, horehound,
Thousands of commuters drive over the N4 that winds through the landscape of Contae Liatroma agus Sligeach* every day but I wonder how many take a moment to glimpse the foggy shores of Lough Arbhach and ponder the significance of the landscape.
Book Review by James McCaughey Colm Toibin House of Names, Picador. May 2017 RRP: $29.99 h/b 261 pp ISBN: 978 1760 551421 The ancient Greeks have left us a legacy of myths. Some of them are still current – the stories of Oedipus or Antigone, for instance. Others, though less known, the story of Pygmalion say, have …
Williams refers to the Túatha as the ‘god-people’ to convey their indeterminate status between humanity and divinity
A feisty recreation of Ireland’s ancient epic.
The Second Wife from: The Wooing of Etain The poems in this series concentrate on the part of the legend: The Wooing of Etain, where Midir brings Etain, his new wife, home and she meets his first wife, Fuamnach. Consumed with jealousy, Fuamnach conspires against her beautiful rival. She turns her into a pool of …
a woman so remarkable and different for her time that her absence from history posed a question in itself.