Ireland is a rare country in that, unlike any other Celtic nation, the reaching hands of the Roman Empire never made it here in ancient times. For thousands of years, the island’s culture developed independently of the worries, direct influence and wars of the continent; making Ireland a depositary of original and endemic knowledge, cosmovision, philosophy and wisdom of a varied richness rarely found in other cultures. Our vast and layered heritage seems infinite at times, and we believe there is a hoard of treasures to find in the Old Ways to be readapted and applied in modern times. It is vital to ensure the survival of the knowledge left to us by the first wave of settlers who built the ancient hilltop cairns, by the Brehons and the poets, the shamans and the christianized monks from early Celtic Christianity, the mediaeval composers, the illuminators and fireside storytellers, the hedge-school teachers and the carvers of Ogham. And by those who didn’t let the Irish language be taken from them. It is equally vital to keep developing new mythologies, techniques and ways to relate to each other and the environment. This province provides a support for study, research, use and learning of Gaeilge, the modern appliance of ancient skills and knowledge, the recording n of stories and heritage, the push for the recognition of Irish human rights. It looks to boost the involvement of the Elders and the safekeeping of ancient wisdom for the new generations.
Éolas Arsa Projects
• Storytelling, Lore, Blogs, Books and Publications
• Education, Research, Law and Preservation
• Herbals and Natural Products
Kate Burrows began weaving baskets while living deep in the woods in a handmade strawbale and cob roundhouse.