Medieval Ireland conjures up brocades, ladies at court, feasts, jousting knights, early scientists, lush gardens and a world where magic was still very much alive.
Ireland’s medieval reality is actually more interesting. Beliefs were flexible, and new religion sometimes flexed its muscles. Kings were created and tossed over. Heroes were bold and heroines were born.
The history of Ireland has been turbulent. (Does that sound like an understatement? It is.) Raiders came from all directions, each leaving their mark, upon Ireland. But castles stood. In manor houses and sod homes people played music and told stories. The early Irish lived in close-knit groups and poets were revered. This unity and love of beauty is what you’ll feel in Ireland, particularly in the west and the heartland. And, it is this unity that preserved the Irish over and again.
It is this feeling of community that will make you feel welcome when you come home to Ireland. With so many people coming and going during the centuries, everyone here is related, and some of them are most surely related to you.
At Authentic Ireland, we can provide you with a medieval-themed adventure filled with feasts, traditional music, a viking tour of Dublin and an evening of ancient Celtic storytelling.
When you’re in Ireland, relax. The adventure is the land and her people. It is her vibrant present and mystic past that welcome you.
Writer: Meredith Blevins for Authentic Ireland