Saturday, 24 December 2016

Happy Christmas

The Wexford Carol.
Ó, tagaig' uile is adhraigí
An leanbh cneasta sa chró 'na luí
Is cuimhnígí ar ghrá an Rí
A thug dár saoradh anocht an Naí.
Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born.
With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Knockroe Megalithic Tomb on the 21th of Dec 2016

There was about 50 people standing awaiting a visible sunrise that never arrived.
I could've gone the day before, I could even have gone this morning, and found a clear as crystal sky's. In truth, the mid winter or mid summer isn't, nor wasn't a spot on precise day, but a bracketing of 3/4 days either side of the active solstice.
Anywoos, here's a shot of a modern day druid. And the bottom two are of the evening passage tomb.
                                                             Click to embiggen.

To those who want a bit more meat this is the Jstor connection to the The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland


Wednesday, 14 December 2016


I'm awaiting the 21st so I can go up to the megalithic tomb and welcome in the next year. Yeah-yeah, I know the Celtic new year began at Halloween. But no matter how dedicated I tell myself I am I can't get that one hooked and sunk in my head.
Anyhoos, 2016 was shit !. I could pussyfoot about with euphemisms, but that is simply beyond what I'm capable of caring about quite frankly. It was as bad as 2011, but different.
It was the kind of year if you were walking down an otherwise dry road and at one spot, rain gathered, and formed a pool. It is exactly at that instant in time a car would come and soak you.

P.S. OK, Christmas lights are up and all those bits I bought after Christmas last year. And I totally forgot I had one of those flashing optic fiber trees. Not a big one only about 3 ft, and maybe a bit, say 40 inches.