Category Archives: ireland

Happy Padraic’s Day

Shot from the Stone Throne of Ballyconneeley 1997

QUEEN OF THE PLAZA by Peter Nolan Smith

St. Patrick’s Day promised to be another disaster for the Retail Collection of the Plaza Hotel. Hordes of green-clad spectators streamed down the escalator into the basement. Their eyes averted the luxury goods on offer, as their destination was the hotel’s public bathroom. Within the first hour I had given directions to the toilet over [...]

The Longest Night

Stonehenge has endured time. This morning the sun rose in the east. Light passed through the massive portals to cast a path marking the winter solstice. Beer and mead were ready for drinking after the season of fermentation. Both served as food through the winter. I have always called the holy day Beermas. I celebrated [...]

Roger Casement Martyr

Once a Knight of the British Empire Roger Casement was led to his death before a firing squad. His crime was treason. He had tried to arm the IRA against the English during WWI. The Germans had failed to supply the arms. They had delivered him to the Brits. His friends rejected the revolutionary after [...]

Sanmhar Samhain

Halloween has nothing to do with Christianity. The Harvest Holiday originated way into BC. The Romans dedicated the feast to Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, and the Celts celebrated the summer’s end with huge bonfires to evoke the blessing of the spirit world for the dark half of the year. Walking between the [...]