The Acallam na Senórach: Wisdom of Irish Elders

Feb 7, 2014 by

Is ó mhnáib do·gabar rath nó amhrath.

It is from women that fortune comes, good or bad.

~from Acallam na Senórach, author unknown

 

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The Acallam na Senórach (Tales of the Elders) is a Middle Irish narrative from the late 12th century and is one of the most important surviving manuscripts of original medieval Irish literature.  Set long after the death of  Fionn macCumhaill, it is framed around the aged fianna heroes, Oisín andCaílte mac Rónáin , who are traveling the country with Saint Patrick, newly arrived in Ireland.

 

Some of the stories involve the interactions between the Fianna and the mythical and mystical Túatha Dé Danann; the above quote  from the Acallam na Senórach is spoken in the council of the Túatha Dé Danann by Midir Mongbuide, son of the Dagda, the king of the Túatha Dé Danann and a main figure in Irish mythology.

 

To read the Gaelic text of the Acallam na Senórach, click hereThe English translation is available  in Maurice Harmon’s book, The Dialogue of the Ancients: A New Translation of Acallam na Senórach,  available here on Amazon.

 

You can also purchase a lovely choral interpretation of the Acallam na Senórach, sung in English, Middle Irish and Latin and with sixteen voices, guitar and bodhráin (Irish frame drum), HERE.

 

 

 

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Ava Gardner: Sassy Celtic Lassie

Jan 21, 2014 by

Beautiful Ava Gardner, a queen amongst the royalty of vintage Hollywood, was born in North Carolina into a poor farming family. She was truly a Wild Eyed Southern Celtic lass, with green eyes, non-stop curves and a bawdy wit. She had both Irish and Scots-Irish heritage from her mother and father.

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A few of my favorite quotes from Ava Gardner:

When I lose my temper, honey, you can’t find it any place.

 

Although no one believes me, I have always been a country girl and still have a country girl’s values.

 

I wish to live until 150 years old but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.

 

Oscar Wilde would have loved Ava Gardner.

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