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The Sacred Isle: Belief And Religion In Pre Christian Ireland

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The first modern study of prehistoric religion in Ireland to draw on the combined evidence of archaeology, literature and folklore to illuminate practice and belief from the earliest human habitation in the island down to the advent of Christianity in the fifth century AD. An excellent book... a highly accessible and lively assessment of continuity and change in belief and ...more
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Published October 4th 2001 by Boydell Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Ancestral Gael
I had a few problems reading this book.

1. I had no clue to whom Dáithí Ó hÓgáin was referring when he used the term "Celt" - as I am used to Celtic being a reference to certain languages that had grown out of those areas that traded with mainland Europe, not a people who invaded or settled certain lands - and the nearest I could discern was that the Celts arrived sometime between the start of the Iron Age and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Perhaps another reader might find where the te
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Mariah
Dec 29, 2008 Mariah rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very good explanation of ancient Irish religion. It would serve as a good introduction to those who are new to this area of study, as well as add to the knowledge of more experienced readers. O hOgain discusses the evidence beginning with preCeltic cultures, and gives his own interpretations. One caveat to keep in mind however, is that he has a tendency to emphasize solar mythology, which is a rather outdated Victorian conceit that most Celtic scholars have since rejected. W ...more
Ancestral Gael
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Wasn't keen on some of the ideas presented at all.
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3.5 please see my review at Celtic Scholar
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He was the son of Davy Hogan, a former jockey, and his wife Mary (née Tyrell); both his parents were from Kilkenny. His great grand-uncle was the celebrated historian of Ossory, Canon William Carrigan.

Irish was spoken in the family home, and at De La Salle national school, Bruff, he got a good grounding in Irish grammar. His grasp of the language was further improved by visits to the Kerry Gaeltac
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