I'm delighted to report that copies of my new book, Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past, have arrived from the distributor. I received a delivery of the books from distributor Gill this morning.
It's always a relief when the books arrive, especially when you need them for the launch! Thankfully they have arrived in plenty of time, as the launch is taking place this day fortnight, on Friday 24th of November. The book will shortly be available in the bookshops, and should be available on Amazon from the end of next week.
Over the weekend I will begin the process of fulfilling all the pre-orders. This will be quite a task! Thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy so far. Don't forget that if you want a signed copy, you can order one here.
I look forward to seeing some of you at the launch. If you can make it, the launch event is being held in the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, on Friday 24th November at 8pm. There is an open invitation. Everyone is invited. I will be signing copies on the night. Details below.
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.