Gal Gadot’s Mystical Irish Connection

This weekend I watched an hour long show about Irish myths and legends[1] and noted a story about the legendary king hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (pronounced “Fin mac Kool”) and his love triangle with his betrothed, Gráinne (“Grah-nyah”), and his soldier servant, Diarmuid (“Jeer-mwuhg” or “Deer-mwuhg”). Fionn was old and Gráinne didn’t really want to… Continue reading Gal Gadot’s Mystical Irish Connection

Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Repeal Vote

I’ve heard more than one survivor of abortion talk about how grateful they are to have lived. Claire Culwell in the following Irish Central article found out she survived and it inspired her to go to Ireland and speak against the coming vote to make abortions available. I hope the Irish retain their commitment to… Continue reading Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Repeal Vote

Curious Language Links – Battle Cry

The Irish for Battle-Cry, Slúagh-ghairm, is pronounced [sloo-ah-hahrm]. The most common word used in Irish battle-cries was abú [ah-boo] meaning Hooray! or Forever! It comes from the words, buaigh/buaidh [boo-ee] and bua [boo-ah], meaning to win, victory or triumph. Interesting that modern military cries of “Booyah! Oorah! Hooah! & Hooyah!” all sound like the Irish… Continue reading Curious Language Links – Battle Cry

Curious Language Link – Tired Tour Shock

I’ve been battling asthma and respiratory illness for a while so I haven’t been singing and making music or been active online. I hope that will change this year and I can share new music with you soon. Also this year Ireland declared 2018 to be “Bliain na Gaeilge”, which is the Year of Irish… Continue reading Curious Language Link – Tired Tour Shock

Music Therapy and Ancient Ireland

Music Therapy is used to help heal the sick, brighten the depressed, and awaken the mentally ill. Ancient Irish folktales speak of trumpets healing the wounded. Could it be based on truth? Researchers have studied tones from horns and found they also produce ultrasound, which is known to promote healing in biological cells. The ultrasound… Continue reading Music Therapy and Ancient Ireland

Origins of the honeymoon

Irish Dictionary at honey-moon (English-Irish Slang) – the origins of the honeymoon are in dispute, but likely refers to a newly married couple taking a month off (a moon) to be together and drink mead or honey wine, which was thought to aid fertility; this tradition is cross-cultural around Europe, Asia and the Middle-East… Continue reading Origins of the honeymoon