I’ve been quiet here on the The Ever-Living Ones for a while and this is the reason -
New painting 'By Stone, Antler & Bone'
I've been busy working on my new exhibition of original paintings & words in celebration of
The Old Woman of Ireland which opens on Saturday 30th June and runs throughout July.
The Hills of Loughcrew
The venue is Loughcrew Megalithic Centre, which, situated below the sacred mounds,
is the perfect setting for an exhibition dedicated to The Old Woman.
The centre offers free parking, a cafe, shop, children’s play area & accommodation / camping.
The Cailleach Beara has long been associated with the hills of Loughcrew,
especially Sliabh na Caillí, the Hill of the Hag.
Here she is known as Garavogue who created the cairns upon the hills by dropping stones from her apron and local folklore also tells that she sits upon the Hag’s Chair, the huge kerbstone on the side
of cairn T to watch the stars and to look out upon her land whenever she desires.
The kerbstones themselves are carved with enigmatic designs, most famous is the ‘equinox’ stone
at the rear of cairn T which is lit up by sunlight at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes.
Carving on the 'Equinox stone' highlighted twice a year when sunlight enters the mound.
Detail from new painting.
Stories of The Cailleach Beara portray her as Sovereignty Goddess, Shaper of the Land,
Mother of the Herd and Spirit of the Harvest.
She shape-shifts into a hare, turns from ancient hag to beautiful young woman and creates the landscape.
She appears as an old woman and an Otherworld female, part of the community yet separate from it, she is helpful and harmful, the embodiment of the mundane and the magical.
Her mythology, folklore and her sacred places remain.
The Cailleach Beara brings us a powerful vision of old age that is dignified, humorous and wise.
I will post the series of paintings here
with information about each image over the coming weeks.
I hope you enjoy Tales from The Cailleach.