The Sacred Ireland
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A few years ago I lamented to a close friend how difficult it was to find a publisher for A Longing for Home. Her reaction was to ask had I thought of doing a book about the sacred aspects of Ireland, and that many people would find this subject interesting.

Why hadn’t I thought of that? After all, I already had a good beginning with all the images now stored in our studio. And so I began….

From the Introduction:

At around a million people, Ireland is one of the smallest countries in the European Union. Yet this island of green is dense with rich layers of history, legend, folk sagas, heroes and villains, saints and spirits, colonization, skirmishes, uprisings, famines, plagues and wars of independence. Most have left artifacts, some sort of visual evidence that story this land.

These sacred places, anointed by reason of age, mystery, longevity or some sublime design, seem to be everywhere in Ireland. This is attested to by a careful scrutiny of any 1 inch-to-1 kilometer Discovery Series map. Barrows, raths , standing stones, holy wells, abbeys, hermitages, monasteries, famine and battle sites, notable birthplaces and monuments are densely arrayed across the land.

© 2011 Jon Michael Riley