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Irish and Celtic mythology began as oral storytelling traditions. (It was only during the Christianization of Ireland that many of the myths and legends we know and love today would be committed to the written record.)
So it seems only fitting that IrishMyths.com—everyone’s favorite source for musings on Irish and Celtic mythology and folklore—should be more than just a text-only blog.
Giving these posts a voice (my voice…yikes!) felt like the natural next step.
Into the shed I went…
…with a microphone and a cup of black coffee while my one-year-old was napping and in one long take (with only a few flubs/false-starts that I later corrected) I recorded my first-ever video—or rather, audio for a video—and, honestly, when I was finished, I contemplated re-recording the entire thing to make it perfect but, alas, I had no time for that (I mean, I don’t even have time to properly end this sentence), so I decided to embrace the entrepreneurial concept of a minimum viable product, or MVP, and just get this first video on the Celtic origins of mistletoe out into the world and see what people think.
So, here am I, asking you:
And if you think this is something you’d like to see more of, please, please please…
Like the video on YouTube and hit the bell icon thingie and subscribe to the Irish Myths channel (youtube.com/@irishmyths).
Really just go ahead and tap all of the buttons YouTube throws at ya, I’m sure that’ll help. (But FYI: becoming a subscriber really helps.)
And in terms of my next video, it’ll be an interpretation of one of the following articles (I’m not sure which one yet):
- What Is a Banshee? The Mythic Origins of Ireland’s Most Infamous Female Spirit
- The 20 Most Legendary Weapons From Irish Mythology
- What Is Irish Mythology? (And How Is It Different From Celtic Mythology?)
- Was Merlin a Real Person? The Disputed Origins of the World’s Most Famous ‘Wizard’
Drop a note in the comments if you have a preference!
P.S. Want to learn about the darker side of Irish mythology? Check out…
Perhaps the most important holiday on the ancient Celtic calendar, Samhain marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new pastoral year. It is a liminal time—a time when the forces of light and darkness, warmth and cold, growth and blight, are in conflict. A time when the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead is at its thinnest. A time when all manner of spirits and demons are wont to cross over from the Celtic Otherworld. Learn more…
In the Ireland of myth and legend, “spooky season” is every season. Spirits roam the countryside, hovering above the bogs. Werewolves lope through forests under full moons. Dragons lurk beneath the waves. Granted, there’s no denying that Samhain (Halloween’s Celtic predecessor) tends to bring out some of the island’s biggest, baddest monsters. Prepare yourself for (educational) encounters with Irish cryptids, demons, ghouls, goblins, and other supernatural beings. Learn more…
“A thrilling romp through pubs, mythology, and alleyways. NEON DRUID is such a fun, pulpy anthology of stories that embody Celtic fantasy and myth,” (Pyles of Books). Cross over into a world where the mischievous gods, goddesses, monsters, and heroes of Celtic mythology live among us, intermingling with unsuspecting mortals and stirring up mayhem in cities and towns on both sides of the Atlantic, from Limerick and Edinburgh to Montreal and Boston. Learn more…
More the listenin’ type?
I recommend the audiobook Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes by Philip Freeman (narrated by Gerard Doyle). Use my link to get 3 free months of Audible Premium Plus and you can listen to the full 7.5-hour audiobook for free.