In the shadow of a Celtic past ;
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. I have been interested in Irish history(and history generally) for many years and for many reasons. Primarily as a visual artist but also as a human who is invested with natural inquisitiveness about the world around me. On this everyday(on a good day) sensory level the world is an endless adventure of experiences and surprises. We see,touch,smell,hear,and taste countless events from the moment we open our eyes in the morning to when we shut our eyes and sleep and the sleep itself is worth examining.More and more research is showing that dreams are natures way of showing us what the spoken word cannot.Imbued in this every day activity lies clues to an encyclopedia of hidden knowledge.What,you might ask is this got to do with history.Well this is the way I read history and time. Time is the essence of history and time never stops.So the constant passing of time is feeding into the ‘cannon’ of history,and in this theory to me lie the the key of many mystery’s.
To return to the title subject ,The date of the early Irish inhabitants is uncertain,(the date 8000bc is used ,but it is generally accepted that people lived in this area perhaps 10,000 ad.Little is know about these early inhabitants .Where they came from is uncertain This is known as the Neolithic age and although we have many relics of stone there is little known about the people an their way of life.The interesting aspect about this race of people is that we ‘the Irish carry some of their DNA.
The Celts arrived in approx. 500 b c and brought what we call the iron Age. Over a few hundred yrs.the Celts seems to override the old way and life as it had been for thousands of years and gave way to a new life style.Of all the invasions that visited Ireland the Celts seems to have had the most long lasting influences .The most dramatic and sustaining event it was the ‘marriage’ of the Celtic rulers and the Christian hierarchic This marriage was simply a political agreement to rule over the people and own their mind and soul(put sociologically social control)this Celtic influence is embedded in every aspect of Irish culture,as is Christianity. ‘The Book of Kell s’ the ‘Ardath chalice’ ‘The High Cross’ ‘The Celtic cross ‘and many many more priceless pieces are proudly exhibited in the national history museum.Trinity College and many other venue around the Country.
Of equal importance to the interested traveler the clues are trawled across the length and breath of the Country.
To finish ,I ponder on exactly to what extent this historical inheritances has ,and will shape my art and my life? …