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We just received a Celtic site award from Nancy Monaghan and very pleased about it. In Nancy's own words. "This award is not given lightly. As an Irish-American educator and author, presenting information about my Celtic heritage is very important to me. I only bestow this award on the very best Celtic sites on the 'Net that present the Celtic culture in an informative, entertaining and educational context." Thank you Nancy!

A friend (Pat Friend!) nominated us for this award from ALLInfoAbout. A pleasant surprise indeed.


We're proud to have received many awards, but none of them compare to this one. Many, many thanks to all of you who took the time to cast your vote and gave us the right to call Irish Culture and Customs the best non-fiction publication for 2002.
We're still in a state of shock.



For the third straight year , we are very proud to announce that the International Association of Webmasters and Designers has given Irish Culture and Customs their Golden Web Award for 2003-2004


International Association of Webmasters and Designers has given Irish Culture and Customs their Golden Web Award for 2002-2003.


International Association of Webmasters and Designers has given Irish Culture and Customs their Golden Web Award for 2001-2002.

 

Sat, Mar 21, 2015


The Hill of Slane

It had long been known as sacred ground when St. Patrick visited the hill on the eve of Easter in 433 A.D. He lit a Paschal or Easter fire which could be seen from the nearby hill of Tara, the royal seat of power. There, a fire also burned to celebrate the pagan feast of Beltane. Since it was against the law to light any fire in the area while this was taking place, Laoghaire, the king at that time, was furious and rode off with his retinue to arrest the mystery rebel. Miraculously - some say through an earthquake, others by holding up a shamrock- St. Patrick convinced the king of his belief in Christianity and the power of the Holy Trinity. It was a power that St. Patrick thought would be useful to the king who only wished that his soldiers could be as brave as St. patrick and his followers. He took the group prisoner and marched them back to the Hill of Tara. The next day, they were spared and were allowed to preach Christianity to the pagan army. Today, at the top of the hill are the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery built in 1512.
Photo Credit: Katie Simpson


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