Why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated on March 17th? Turns out there’s much more to the story than most people realize.
Category Archives: History
Is The Banshees of Inisherin Based on Irish Mythology?
Uncover potential hidden references to Irish mythology and folklore in the award-winning 2022 Irish film The Banshees of Inisherin
Book Giveaway: Saint Patrick in Your Pocket
Introducing the latest book in my Celtic Pocket Guides series, Saint Patrick in Your Pocket: 20 Questions With the Apostle of Ireland
5 Imbolc Rituals for Welcoming Spring [Video]
Here’s how to celebrate Imbolc like an ancient Celt according to Gaelic history, mythology, and folklore. While many modern pagans celebrate their own iterations of Imbolc, this video is an attempt at getting back to the festival’s roots.
Whom Do Banshees Visit? Visitation Rites of the Banshee [Video]
Whom do banshees visit? Which families do they haunt? Turns out Irish folklore severely limits which households banshees can hover over and howl by.
Physical and Sonic Characteristics of the Banshee [Video]
What do banshees look like? What do banshees sound like? While pop culture interpretations of the banshee typically paint her as a grotesque, shrieking she-demon, Irish folklore tells a much more nuanced story.
The Definition and Etymology of Banshee [Video]
You are likely already familiar with Ireland’s most infamous shrieking spirit. But what exactly is a banshee? Is it a ghost? A spirit? A wraith? A demon? A fairy? In a word, yes. The banshee is all of those things, and so much more.
Introducing the Irish Myths YouTube Channel
Same Celtic flavor, new bold format. You can now get your favorite in-depth explorations of Irish and Celtic mythology and folklore served up as video essays over at youtube.com/@irishmyths.
Why Do People Kiss Beneath Mistletoe?
Mistletoe has long been lauded as a “medico-magical” plant associated with fertility and divination. Learn how these Celtic connotations paved the way for solstice smooching.
Why Do People Put Up Mistletoe at Christmas?
The ancient Celts believed mistletoe was holy because it thrived in winter and clung to sacred trees, hovering between heaven and earth.