In the pale, cool light of autumn, a warm glow radiates from the old stones of Síd in Broga. The night watchman is here. The night watchwoman. Mrs. Hickey, the long-time custodian of this magnificent monument, long dead, still lives.
Her shadow moves in the grey evening; her black gown twinkles with swan stars; her candle glows dimly in the fall air. Her dog by her side, she brings the key to the lock; the key to the secrets of Síd in Broga. She once saw the white woman here, a pale unusualness, a bright wanderer in the gloomy twilight. But as she approached, the woman vanished. There is no key to fit the lock that conceals the shimmering horde. It is a blade in stone, a sword in the dark; a key to the heart, the heart that is Síd in Broga. Mrs. Hickey returns, for a moment – a spectre in the silvery twilight – to greet her eternal form in glowing, flaming raiment.
"There you are," she says, and stoops down to enter through the great stone portal. She vanishes in a moment, bright Bóinn of the Brugh, gone from this world, for now, to be revealed again in a flash, when the black gown is cast off, and the heart is broken, rent open to immortality by a beam of brilliant, golden love-light.
Enter the ‘Ancient Sites’ section of this blog for a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the megalithic and sacred sites of Ireland. Find out all about the Stone Age and prehistoric ruins and learn more about the possible functions and alignments of these sites. Visit the great temples of Brú na Bóinne, the Hill of Tara, the ancient cairns of Loughcrew among many others.
Explore the ancient myths, legends and folklore of Ireland and their meaning. Read the epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, or the place-name myths in the Dindshenchas. Learn about how the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians came to Ireland and how the early texts describe various invasions of prehistoric Éire. Hear about Fionn and the Fianna, and discover how some myths might contain information about astronomy and the stars.
There is no doubt that the ancient megalith builders had a substantial knowledge of the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars through the heavens. Learn more about just how complex and impressive this knowledge was. There is evidence that the people of the Neolithic knew about the 19-year Metonic cycle of the moon, as well as being able to predict eclipses.