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Reflecting on International Women’s Day, Ireland’s Referendum Day, and the Resilience of Scattery Island Women

Today marks an important day for Ireland, as citizens across the country are called upon to participate in two referendums aimed at shaping the future of our nation. As we step into the polling booths, we carry with us not only the weight of our individual choices but also the collective responsibility to shape the…

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March 8, 2024

The Journey of St. Senan – Rediscovering the Forgotten Footsteps of a Spiritual Luminary

(Written by Morgan Roughan) They used to say that Ireland was “The Land of Saints & Scholars”.  A boast that is accurate as our history in this field of spreading Christianity is unparalleled. We grew up listening to the exploits of St’s Patrick, Brendan the Navigator, Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, Colmcille who fought the Lough Ness…

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May 28, 2023

The story of the first dead buried on Scattery Island

Celtic literature is full of fascinating stories that offer a glimpse into the ancient beliefs and customs of the monks. One such story is entitled “The little boys who went to Heaven” and tells the story of the first dead who were buried on Scattery Island. The story is recorded in early Celtic literature, translated…

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May 13, 2023

Courage and Bravery in the face of the modern day Cathaigh

A well-known figure in Irish folklore, St. Senan is known for his miracles and acts of bravery. One of the most famous legends surrounding St. Senan, is his defeat of the Monster Cathaigh on Scattery Island. The story’s enduring appeal lies in its themes of good versus evil, courage in the face of danger, and…

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February 19, 2023

Celebrating the Women of Scattery Island on International Women’s Day

And they would look out to sea and wait…… Wait for their men to come home from work, piloting ships along the dangerous waters of the Shannon then returning home to the island in their Currachs  (known as canoes ), or seafaring for months or years at a time with the Royal or Merchant Navy….

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March 7, 2022

Tell us your Story…

Storytelling is truly living history.  I love listening to my Dad tell me stories of his time on Scattery Island.  He brings it alive, the characters, the whipping wind across the waves and the image of sitting in front of a crackling fire. What stories would you tell about this time we are living in? …

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February 9, 2021