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Michael Ryan

Michael teaches a form of Mindful Movement, interweaving meditation and philosophy with a biomechanical process called The Bowspring that supports each student in moving safely toward accessing a feeling of strength and spacious freedom.

His teachings draw from a wide experience of yoga, meditation, philosophy and a love of poetry and prose. HIs skill lies in his heartfelt articulation of the spiritual dimension of life through the practice of meditation and yoga while staying grounded in safe and harmonious postural alignment. His teachings speak to the soul and journey into the many different layers of the Self. He guides and encourages each student to explore and open to their fullest potential with care and compassion. Michael is the yoga and meditation teacher to the Irish President, Michael D. Higgins. 

Wolf Academy

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Hi we’re Cormac and Daryl Noonan.

We’re two brothers originally from Navan who both went down very different paths in life after leaving secondary school. We came together to share our stories so that young people don’t make the same mistakes we did. We want to prepare young people for life, not just exams.

We decided to set up Wolf Academy to inspire and empower young people to live happier and healthier lives, become their true selves and achieve their ultimate vision.

We do this through our talks, workshops and online courses. We also aim to build an academy where young people can come after finishing school to discover who they are and what they want to do in the world.

Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Soul Child Books

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Children’s Therapeutic Story Books by Trish Reddy, illustrated by her daughter, Caoilfhinn Reddy.

Their first therapeutic book, “The Courage Cloak”, introduces Céilí, the young Sidhe Fae, who is yet to realise the courage she needs is already within her. Céilí loves hearing the tales of her heroic ancestors. She wishes she could be brave like them, but instead Céilí is realising she spends her days feeling frightened, she feels afraid going to school, meeting new people or going to new places. Come with Céilí as she learns that you don’t need to be a brave hero to find your own courage.

The Celtic Wheel

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Mari Kennedy

The Celtic Wheel 20/21 is a year-long journey through the 8 Festivals. It is designed for women who want to activate their feminine wisdom and their sovereign power so they can live in more balance while in service to the new world emerging.

The Celtic wheel is the calendar handed down to us from our Celtic and pre-Celtic ancestors. Our Celtic ancestors were rooted in the rhythms of nature and the cosmos and the interconnectedness of all things. 

The world of strive-drive over-culture is collapsing around us. We as women are exhausted living that way. The Celtic Wheel is an ancient map that can help bring women back into balance and into our sovereignty,  so we can spin a new world into being.

Aidan Killian

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Aidan Killian is a spirited, charismatic and passionate storyteller and comedian who left a corporate banking job in 2008 to save the world, one endorphin at a time. He studied storytelling at Emerson College in 2009 and at the Mezrab Storytelling School in 2020.

Aidan’s impassioned and hilarious shows have been known to expose the hypocrisy and injustice in this world while leaving the audience in a state of joy. After a show, at Ireland’s largest festival (Electric Picnic) he was greeted with a giant group hug.

He is in demand internationally as an experienced, professional and truly global act, and has performed shows all over the world; A peace festival in the Middle East, Off Broadway in New York, The Amsterdam Storytelling Festival in 2019 and he did a storytelling tour of Ireland called The Sitting Room Bards.

He has performed his unique comedy style for 7 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and was a ‘highlight’ at Glastonbury Festival 2016 and 2017. In 2017 he was nominated for Best Comedian at The World Fringe and has been sharing laughter on stages all over the world since.

He is presently passionate about sharing the ancient wisdom from Irish Mythology and believes that peace can be gained from a well-told story, and shall keep telling stories until this is achieved. He is excited about his eighth one man show, the story of Ireland’s mythological saviour, Lugh.

Celtic School of Embodiment

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I’m Jen, a Feminine Embodiment Coach, Mythologist & Anthropologist.

I come from a maternal lineage of storytellers, raised on my grandmother, Frances O’Sullivan’s macabre tales of banshees, púcas, and changeling fairies. This fuelled my fascination with Irish myth and folklore, and eventually, a degree in Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. 

I married my native teachings with a curiosity of other cultures, and pursued my studies as an anthropologist, spending the past 14 years working in global justice. My experiences of myth cross-culturally provided insights into how humans make meaning in the world.

Yet, story is bigger than any one culture. Story is as old as time. Story is every living being who has graced this planet. Story is our lifeforce. It courses through our veins. Story is what it means to be human. 

This is WHY we are here – to create our stories. 

My life story recently pulled me home to my roots. It created a holy longing to fuse my passion for Women’s Empowerment with Celtic mythology. And so, the Celtic School of Embodiment became a new chapter. This is my legacy; inherited from Frances, and for my wondrous sons, Joel and Barra. By being here you are part of my story. I hope to become part of yours. 

The Fading Year

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The Fading Year is an Irish Folklore Blog founded by Nev Swift in October 2015.

The Fading Year explores and creates content relating to Irish Calendar Customs and Seasonal Folklore as practiced and observed in Ireland during the nineteenth century – although, for context and to explore the development of Irish Customs, Traditions and Beliefs material from before and after this period is sometimes referred to.

Nev Swift studied Irish Folklore and History in University College Dublin and received a degree in these subjects in 2013. He continued his education in UCD completing a Masters in Archives and Records Management in 2014.

Nev Swift is currently working as an archivist in his native Dublin.

The Standing Stone

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Ireland has a rich and varied history, and this can be seen scattered across the land today. Every county has hundreds, if not thousands of places that point to its past. From ancient Neolithic tombs to modern fortified houses The Standing Stone brings you a closer look at the history that sits all around us. 
For over 11 years we have travelled around Ireland to look at these historical sites, and present them to you here. There are over four-hundred places listed on The Standing Stone, and more being uploaded regularly. 

In addition to our own posts we have several guest posts from a variety of archaeologists, historians, and professionals involved in Irish history and archaeology. There are also book reviews, and an extensive glossary.