Among the multitude of audio delights with which I cram my Ipod for the mile-long walk to and from the youngest children’s elementary school is the Celtic Myth Podshow.
I only stumbled across it a few months ago, and consequently am three years behind their new episodes, but so far I’ve been enjoying it tremendously.
Since 1903 the County Louth Archeaological and Historical Society has been encouraging interest in and research about County Louth’s past. They publish a Journal as well. It’s quite a useful resource for people (*ahem!*) working on historical fiction set in the area.
My understanding is that most if not all counties have some sort of historical society, and certainly a local museum, so if your research happens to take you to County Cork or County Mead rather than County Louth, most likely you’ll find a local historical society there as well.
The only problem with this book is that everything it says is important. You can’t actually underline everything. It took me months to read, mostly because I had to stop every few pages to let my brain process the chockfull o’ goodness facts. I may well have to read it again to hope to get a good grasp on what’s here. Because it’s all here. What archaeology tells us about housing, food, clothing, artisans, artwork, weapons and fighting techniques, church architecture, and agriculture in early medieval Ireland.
I do wish there were a newer edition of the book. It was originally published in 1990 and a great deal has been discovered in the two decades since. Like Linn Duachaill. Indeed, her description of how little we know about Viking settlement in Ireland, particularly outside areas that developed into large cities (i.e. Dublin, and to a lesser extent Waterford) underscores the importance of the Linn Duachaill discovery.
So you’re looking for a way to introduce the subject of early Ireland to your children…?
All parents face this problem. It’s never too soon to start the delicate, important conversation about where manuscripts come from.
I’ve found a bit of help: The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane by C.M. Millen, illustrated by Andrea Wisnewski. Charlesbridge, 2010.
It’s available on Amazon.
I’m new to the world of podcasts but now that I’ve got a mile long walk to take my kids to school, I’ve been looking for Ipod-based entertainment for the daily trek.
One I’ve been enjoying is the Irish History Podcast.
I haven’t been able to get a functioning link inserted here. Hey, if I were good with techy stuff, I’d be off somewhere making webpages and buckets of money. Actually, I take that back. I do okay with technology. So long as it’s 9th century technology.
Anyway, their web address is irishhistorypodcast.ie.