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Ancient stories

One of the things that has struck home over the past few years, wandering round the churches of Britain, is just how much we learn and understand from stories and images. The record held in these ancient places goes back … Continue reading

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Tell Tale Signs V… Stuart France

A very early version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, perhaps, yet there is much more here than merely a cautionary tale. Or is this the ‘first entrance’ of our much vaunted king Arthur? The emphasis on topography and the singularly macabre … Continue reading

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan III… Stuart France

* …Many years later, in the reign of Art-mac-Conn, at the festival of Samhuin, the Master Poets came to the feast, as was their custom, and they brought their tablets of poetry with them. When king Art saw the tablets … Continue reading

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan II… Stuart France

* …Afterwards the same uncanny man went to the south and accosted Elaine as she was resting from her travels in a sun-trap. “From whence do you come and where are you heading, unknown?” said Elaine. “From the mouth of … Continue reading

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The Tale of Bally-mac-Buan… Stuart France

* Bally ‘sweet-speech’ the renowned story teller secretly arranged to tryst with Elaine, daughter of king Fergus. The one from Ulster, the other from Leinster… Both set out to meet at Ross-na-Ree on the south side of the river Boyne. … Continue reading

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Hidden gems – Hoar Cross

The church of the Holy Angels at Hoar Cross is one I had tried to get into before. The first  time it was a summer’s day, but I did not manage to get inside until the rain highlighted the stark … Continue reading

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Literati … Stuart France

* When Fionn was a boy he was fostered on the hermit, Finaghast, who was to be his instructor. The old hermit had been living by the river Boyne with the aim of catching the Salmon of Knowledge. Tradition had … Continue reading

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