Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2017

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Last year I made a couple of Jack O’ Lanterns and kept them… they shriveled up and shrunk, that’s them beside the new one I made for Hallowe’en 2017. You can see how one of the shriveled ones looked originally here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2016/10/27/irish-jack-o-lantern/

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Leitrim Portal Tomb

Leitrim Portal Tomb
Leitrim Portal Tomb, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Leitrim Portal Tomb

Killaghtee Cross

Killaghtee Cross
Slab with a carved Maltese cross inside a circle. The cross is thought to date from 650AD and mark the resting place of Aédh, an anchorite monk

Killaghtee Cross
Killaghtee Cross, Co Donegal, Ireland

Killaghtee old church
Killaghtee old church

Cú Chulainn’s Stone

Clochafarmore Standing Stone aka Cuchulain's Stone
Clochafarmore Standing Stone aka Cuchulain’s Stone, Co Louth, Ireland

Cú Chulainn's Stone
This is the standing stone Cú Chulainn (the hero of Ulster) is said to have tied himself to in order that he ‘die on his feet’. He was mortally wounded by his own spear cast by Lugaid. A prophecy foretold “a king would fall by it”, so Lugaid had a druid/satirist/poet trick the spear from Cú Chulainn. While tied to the stone his enemies feared approaching until a crow lands on his shoulder. The battle goddess Morrigu (Morrígan) is said to often appears as a crow. When the enemies approach Lugaid beheads Cú Chulainn whose sword falls and slices of Lugaid’s right hand, in revenge the enemies cut off Cú Chulainn’s hand.