It's been a busy few days here at Mythical Ireland headquarters. I've been packaging copies of my new book, Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past, to be posted out to all those who pre-ordered copies here on the website.
It has taken a few days to get everything signed and addressed and labelled and packed into envelopes. But I'm delighted to report that everything was delivered to the post office this morning and if you pre-ordered a signed copy of the book, it will shortly be winging its way towards you.
There were orders from Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe, Israel, Canada, Australia and a great deal from the United States.
I hope you really enjoy reading Mythical Ireland. If you do, you might consider writing a review of the book for Amazon. Here's the link to the book on Amazon.com. Thanks a million.
In the meantime, if you are in Ireland, I'd love to see you at the formal launch and book signing which takes place in the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, at 8pm on Friday next, 24th of November.
If you don't live in Ireland or are unable to make the launch, remember that you can order a signed copy of Mythical Ireland right here on www.mythicalireland.com.
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.