an Fili Draighean

The Roundhouse has a roof at last!
So the lads gathered for a Bog Men meeting, ate, drank and swore!
Then we played rhythm till dusk.

Slavs, Vikings and Gaels gathered and provided our own pop up village.
We ate, drank and made music until dark. For ourselves only. No public.
Then we laughed and ate and drank some more!
A special thanks for all who created the wonderful Polish cuisine we all enjoyed.
Sława! Skal! Sláinte!

Meet the lads Donal & Barry, find out how to use a toilet in the country side, and see 2 of my favourite houses in the northern part of Bunratty Folk Park.

We gathered outside Shannon Airport for a lunchtime protest against the Shannon Group's decision to close 3 sites completely and to close the 2 they opened last month at the end of August. I think the speech Dolores gives in this video says it all. Meanwhile I have had no work this summer, when really we should have opened Craggaunowen for people on a Staycation. This time of year we would have many Irish families visiting us in a perfect place for social distancing and the exploration of our heritage. It's the big companies ruin places like these who have no notion of history and are only interested in holding on to their high paid jobs and what they think will make them more money.

A short re-enactment of the Norman Invasion of Ireland according to Graham.
Superimposed on a Craggy Hole backdrop, it was great fun and quick to make - and yet it took many hours to edit. Hopefully this will do. Also a bit of practice for forthcoming projects. Beware! Norman may return!

This is a person in your neighbourhood! Me!
I have been having some ideas about things and have put together this.
Some new things and old things and an end to self censorship.
Today's show focuses on details such as drinking cordial and the many uses of urine.

I have been creating a special sketchbook for Heritage work over the last 5 years entitled 'The Great Book of Leaves'.
Today I will read 3 of the shortest pieces, each about a minute long.
'Incantation' attributed to Amerghín involves an ancient rhyming technique,
where the last word of a line rhymes with the first word of the next line.
'Cana Gwynt' takes us over to Wales and is attributed to Taliesin.
And finally, 'The Hosts of Faery' describes the good people and all their skills.

Thanks to Dúrlas Éile Archers - we had a lovely afternoon in natural woodlands shooting rubber animals!
The weather was clement and we had a great craic altogether!

2 weeks ago we met Michael McNamara T.D. to make a bid for 3 sites (Craggaunowen, Knappogue & Dunguaire) to open up with Bunratty & King John's Castle this summer. This seems to have been unsuccessful. So here is our only glimpse this year of the grounds during a self appointed reconnaissance mission while the photographic exhibition was being removed. Thanks to Pauline, Geraldine and Aaron.

Working on Craggy Hole is much like making a sculpture or painting.
I am having to spread myself throughout the area, working on this and that.
A grand undertaking with only myself to blame!
Thankfully, there has been some swording going on, which is always good.

A reading from a book presenting the earliest literary source material for Ancient Celtic Europe & Early Ireland & Wales.
In the bardic tradition, we not only get a genealogy, but also a poetic tale about the traversing from Greece and Scythia to the far reaches of western Europe.
And we get a sense of some of the more valiant and heroic characters from pre-history.
Translation by John Carey. A fantastic tome of literature! 'The Celtic Heroic Age'.

Construction of a round house phase 1: Structure!
Largely pine was used in the making of it, although some Birch was needed toward the end.
Rafters were getting too short! And it's easy to get distracted!
What with Isaac making his first appearance as some kind of ground nest is found in the brambles.

The Lockdown Blues have hit Craggy Hole.
Lots of hard work and sacrifice has resulted in drinking.
See what's been going on and admire the latest attraction!

Where there was once brambles - there is now interactive art!
A quick percussion session is always good.
It's all about sound.

A local swordsman (and there are quite a few!) is checking out how his adjustments to the steel armour are working and if more work is to be done.
We always need other expert eyes to assess the durability and weaknesses of new equipment.
I decided to come along, with a camera and have a well needed spar and I introduce myself as 'The Plastik Knight'!
But this is all about the striking and impressive armour of Ser Quinn! To arms! Bitwa! Cogadh!
All members of ISHC. Thanks to Adam and Emmet.

The 8 can trick and a small bit of gardening. Using a longsword in fun ways.
Because the cattle raiding season is cancelled, it's good to practice on something!

Craggy Home Wooding part 2 really, but the above title is funkier!
With the help of the modern technology from a kind neighbour, we are closer to building a roundhouse!
Although, suddenly it has become a competition!
Will the ancient tools prevail?
Probably not. Unless there's an oil crisis.

Re-enactors and HEMA fighters in Ireland do a collaborative piece for fun.
Just like the other mobile phone stunt 'pass it on' videos done through solidarity:
We all want the season to begin - so we can re-enact! CUC challenge has been taken!

Stef N Tel on skype talking about benders.
It's one of the easiest dwellings to build and can be easily taken down and carried by pack animal.
Highlights from yesterdays chat.

A simple solution to a rural issue.
Especially if you've started back in the Stone Age,
and need to embrace new technology!

My first virtual guest come to help with the archaeological dig.
Some recent finds are interesting, but one thing is for sure:
We both dig rocks and made a small scale stone spiral in his garden back in college days.

If you go down to the woods today, I'll be there!
How site is looking and announcing construction of a roundhouse.
The main purpose of today's venture was to gather pine for Ireland's Bealtaine 21.21 May 5th.
Fire was lit just after Uisneach lit their fires.

It's late on this Bealtaine weekend and after all the hard work - a horn of brew and a song is on the menu!
Let's learn an old Viking song together! Works great with many voices!
Sláinte! Skol! Sława!

Looking at some rescued items from the dig and a breakdown of the previous experiment 'an Fullacht Fiadh'.

Bealtaine! What better way to celebrate than to fire up the Fullacht Fiadh (huntsmans' boiling pit) to have a nice warm bath.
This is experimental archeology in the backyard as I continue working from home.
Light a fire and go nude if you are rural enough!
Just feasted on rib eye steak and now to the drink!
Sláinte! Skol! Sława!


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Song archeology and bardic notions from the past to the present. Some ancient poetry is included and educational videos made in Craggaunowen, Co. Clare for school projects.