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Celtic history & Spirituality

Celtic history & Spirituality

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Hi,
I'm going to be driving the wild Atlantic way and into Northern Ireland and want to experience Celtic history and spirituality. Are there any particular places anyone could recommend or a particular guide who could help with this

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Jason
Posted Thu 13 Apr 2017 11:06 AM
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Hi Jason

I would recommend that you read the illustrated feature by Tom O'Neill on 'Celt Appeal' in National Geographic magazine of March 2006
  
In this feature, an American, Tom O’Neill, ‘long intoxicated by Irish roots’ investigates ‘whether an even wider and deeper kinship might exist, that of a Celtic identity.’ Celtic culture survived in fringes of Western Europe. He identifies ‘blood Celts’ and a growing tribe of ‘Celts of the Spirit’ who feel touched by the scenery, history, myths, music and other artistic expressions, and the perception of its peoples as free-spirited, rebellious and poetic.
 
Tom tells a fascinating story: The Celts once dominated the breadth of Europe from the Black Sea to the Atlantic. The Celtic languages still spoken in Europe hark back to the Late Bronze Age (1200-800 B.C.) and a civilization of aristocratic warrior tribes. Little suggests that these people united or called themselves Celts. The word Celtic comes from the Greek Keltoi, first appearing in the 6th century B.C. to describe “barbarians” living inland from the Mediterranean Sea. These far-flung peoples spoke closely related languages and shared beliefs, styles of art and weaponry, and tribal societies. Trade, principally by water, connected them. During the Celtic glory days of old, water routes converged on Ireland. From its shores came merchants, missionaries, soldiers of fortune, musicians, and in 1607, the last of the Gaelic aristocracy.
 
Beginning in the 2nd century B.C. Roman legions vanquished Celtic armies across Europe. Only the peoples of Britain and Ireland remained unconquered. In the 5th century A.D. the Anglo-Saxons invaded Celtic lands, followed by the Vikings and the Normans.  
By the end of the Middle Ages, Celtic culture was headed toward extinction, its remnants pushed to the very western edge of Europe. 
  
The Celtic Fringe today consists of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany (France) and Galicia (Spain)
  
 
 
  


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Hi Jason,

Thanks for reaching out to us again here on the Community!

Thanks to Brian for providing some great, helpful information!  I would like to suggest having a browse at our Retreat Mode article, as you have mentioned an interest in spirituality.  

Where along the Wild Atlantic Way will you be exploring?

Furthermore, I am sure that some of our other community members will have plenty of suggestions to help you along the way with your plans.

All the best,

Colin
Posted Thu 13 Apr 2017 12:13 PM
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Dear Jason,
Great to hear your coming to visit Ireland, I'm sure you will have a great trip:)
Here at Railtours Ireland we have tours from one day to nine days visiting different places around Ireland which includes the North of Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way which you mentioned.
Why not go Car free and be Care free and take the train with us!
You will have a guide with you at all times.
You can see our tours here on our website: https://railtoursireland.com/

I hope this helps!
Kind Regards,
Ericka

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Dear Jason
Our local Donegal guide would be happy to provide you with further details. Could you please tell us how many days touring you were thinking of and he could prepare a highlights itinerary and price -  a 3 day tour from Sligo to North Antrim or 1 day in Donegal.

Please feel free to contact me directly at: iga@countydonegaltourism.com

I hope this will be of help
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Iga Lawne
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Dear Jason.  You've probably had your trip already. Anyone interested in spirituality and visiting N Ireland has to take a drive past Slemish mountain, even if you don't want to climb it!  It's our local extinct volcano and can be seen from all around the Ballymena area in mid-County Antrim! It's absolutely free and a must because that's where tradition says Saint Patrick was kept as a slave tending sheep after he was kidnapped as a boy by Irish pirates! Slemish is absolutely beautiful. 
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Hi Jason
If you want to experience Celtic Spirituality with an excellent tour guide in Northern Ireland, contact Maura Brooks in Soul Encounter Tours www.soulencounter.co.uk 
Maura conducts tours to the Ancient and Sacred Sites locally to help you access or experience the energies there and believes ancient landscape holds something unique and special for every visitor. So, tours are a blend of understanding the special energies here: of culture, healing and storytelling, whilst accessing ancient and sacred sites of great and palpable power. She recommends you let the journey to this landscape open itself to you, so that you find insights and connections that are truly yours.  So tours are tailor made to your needs and group size – they are unique and very special. You won't be disappointed.  Maura can also organise transport, accommodation and bring you to some of the really special places that are off the beaten track and give a unique and very personal experience.
Hope this helps in your planning.
Mary Mc Gee
 
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Thanks to our Industry Members for their assistance in helping Jason.

Thanks also to Mary and Lorraine for some more great suggestions especially the mention of Slemish Mountain, in County Antrim, standing at about 1500 ft a wonderful place for a bit of a walk and to look out over the landscape.

Jason, how is the planning going or have you managed to get over to see us yet?
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