Celt Eros

Apr 18

"Birth of Cernnunos" by sculptor Philip Hitchcock

"Birth of Cernnunos" by sculptor Philip Hitchcock

April 2014 celebrates the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and its victor for a united Ireland, the legendary hero Brian Boru.The story of Brian Boru, his life, his triumph and tragic death at Clontarf in 1014 has captured the imagination of generations of Irish people.
Brian Ború (Middle Irish: Brian Bóruma, Irish: Brian Bóroimhe) Mac Cennétig (c. 941–23 April 1014), was born at Kincora, Killaloe, a town in the region of Tuadmumu (Thomond), the son of Cennetig (Cennedi) and Babhion or Bebinn. Members of the Dál gCais (or Dalcassians) tribe, the family had an ancient royal ancestry.
The youngest of twelve sons, Boru would become the 175th King of Ireland, the founder of the O’Brien dynasty and the ancestor of the Kings of Thomond.  Brian was an excellent harp musician and the harp has become a symbol of peace and unity in Ireland in his memory.
In 1002, he was recognised as Ard Rí, High King of Ireland, thus ending the six hundred year reign of the Uí Néill’s (O’Neill) in Leinster.  Breaking from tradition, he ruled from Kincora Castle in Killaloe instead of Cashel, thus making Killaloe the “Capital of Ireland “.
Boru’s name was inscribed in the Book of Armagh, in gold lettering, as “Emperor of the Irish” in 1005 during his campaign in the north of Ireland.
After forty years of incessant warfare in his early life, Boru devoted his mind to works of peace. He rebuilt the monasteries that had been destroyed by the Danes, and erected bridges and fortresses all over the country. He founded and restored schools and colleges, and took measures for the repression of crime.
Maelmordha, brother of Gormlaith, Boru’s third wife, who had usurped the crown of Leinster in 999, rebelled against his rule in 1013.  Conspiring with Sitric, son of Gormlaith, the two resolved to overthrow the king. They along with Dane Vikings of Northern Ireland in Leinster and Dublin, as well as native Irish rivals, gathered their forces in rebellion in 1014.
Two Norwegian princes, Bróðir and Óspak at the head of a thousand troops, arrived to reinforce the Danish contingent. As the Danes prepared for battle at Clontarf, they numbered sixteen thousand, as well as troops from Leinster under their king, Maelmordha.
With a force nearing thirty thousand, including the Dalcassion Knights, Boru marched into Leinster, where Malcolm II, King of Meath, joined him four miles outside of Dublin at Clontarf.  Arriving on Palm Sunday, the battle would occur five days later on Good Friday.  All of the accounts state that the Battle of Clontarf lasted all day and was a horribly, bloody affair. Ború’s troops would win this battle to keep a unified Ireland. Yet  the day would not end in celebration as he tragically died there on the date – 23 April, 2014.
There are many legends concerning how he was killed, from dying in a heroic man-to-man combat to being beheaded by the fleeing Viking mercenary Bróðir while praying in his tent at Clontarf. He is understood to be buried in the grounds of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the city of Armagh keeping with the pagan tradition whereby warriors or those who die in battle were buried in the northernmost sections of graveyards.
Ború remains Ireland’s greatest hero - the last leader to see a unified Ireland.

April 2014 celebrates the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and its victor for a united Ireland, the legendary hero Brian Boru.The story of Brian Boru, his life, his triumph and tragic death at Clontarf in 1014 has captured the imagination of generations of Irish people.

Brian Ború (Middle Irish: Brian Bóruma, Irish: Brian Bóroimhe) Mac Cennétig (c. 941–23 April 1014), was born at Kincora, Killaloe, a town in the region of Tuadmumu (Thomond), the son of Cennetig (Cennedi) and Babhion or Bebinn. Members of the Dál gCais (or Dalcassians) tribe, the family had an ancient royal ancestry.

The youngest of twelve sons, Boru would become the 175th King of Ireland, the founder of the O’Brien dynasty and the ancestor of the Kings of Thomond.  Brian was an excellent harp musician and the harp has become a symbol of peace and unity in Ireland in his memory.

In 1002, he was recognised as Ard Rí, High King of Ireland, thus ending the six hundred year reign of the Uí Néill’s (O’Neill) in Leinster.  Breaking from tradition, he ruled from Kincora Castle in Killaloe instead of Cashel, thus making Killaloe the “Capital of Ireland “.

Boru’s name was inscribed in the Book of Armagh, in gold lettering, as “Emperor of the Irish” in 1005 during his campaign in the north of Ireland.

After forty years of incessant warfare in his early life, Boru devoted his mind to works of peace. He rebuilt the monasteries that had been destroyed by the Danes, and erected bridges and fortresses all over the country. He founded and restored schools and colleges, and took measures for the repression of crime.

Maelmordha, brother of Gormlaith, Boru’s third wife, who had usurped the crown of Leinster in 999, rebelled against his rule in 1013.  Conspiring with Sitric, son of Gormlaith, the two resolved to overthrow the king. They along with Dane Vikings of Northern Ireland in Leinster and Dublin, as well as native Irish rivals, gathered their forces in rebellion in 1014.

Two Norwegian princes, Bróðir and Óspak at the head of a thousand troops, arrived to reinforce the Danish contingent. As the Danes prepared for battle at Clontarf, they numbered sixteen thousand, as well as troops from Leinster under their king, Maelmordha.

With a force nearing thirty thousand, including the Dalcassion Knights, Boru marched into Leinster, where Malcolm II, King of Meath, joined him four miles outside of Dublin at Clontarf.  Arriving on Palm Sunday, the battle would occur five days later on Good Friday.  All of the accounts state that the Battle of Clontarf lasted all day and was a horribly, bloody affair. Ború’s troops would win this battle to keep a unified Ireland. Yet  the day would not end in celebration as he tragically died there on the date – 23 April, 2014.

There are many legends concerning how he was killed, from dying in a heroic man-to-man combat to being beheaded by the fleeing Viking mercenary Bróðir while praying in his tent at Clontarf. He is understood to be buried in the grounds of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the city of Armagh keeping with the pagan tradition whereby warriors or those who die in battle were buried in the northernmost sections of graveyards.

Ború remains Ireland’s greatest hero - the last leader to see a unified Ireland.

Apr 16

MacMillan Old Ancient

MacMillan Old Ancient

Apr 15

"Celtic Dream" by Narciusart

"Celtic Dream" by Narciusart

In the city of Amarante, Portugal these phallic pastries are sold (particularly at festivals) to incite people to seek love, union and copulation (procreative but for other reasons as well) all in the name of Sao Goncalo, who is said to be Portugal’s St.Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, lonely hearts and of those who seek love.
Tradition and lore maintain these pastries originated from a Celtic (pagan) custom dating back to the time when the Iberians populated the area.Their purpose was assimilated into a Christian context as the religion spread throughout Portugal.
They are reportedly delicious…

In the city of Amarante, Portugal these phallic pastries are sold (particularly at festivals) to incite people to seek love, union and copulation (procreative but for other reasons as well) all in the name of Sao Goncalo, who is said to be Portugal’s St.Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, lonely hearts and of those who seek love.

Tradition and lore maintain these pastries originated from a Celtic (pagan) custom dating back to the time when the Iberians populated the area.Their purpose was assimilated into a Christian context as the religion spread throughout Portugal.

They are reportedly delicious…

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