Celebrating Irish Culture this Lá Féile Pádraig!
In the preservation of Irish heritage, culture and identity, we rely on an archive of materials. Our vast array of myths and legends heroically illustrated in literature, poetry, folklore and imagery, evoke our strong language, our celtic identity, our flesh and blood.
Through these stories we experience characters and creatures; ghosts, fairies, demons, witches, priests and saints. Evolving from the mythology of the first Irish people who spoke of Samhildanach folk – all round, wise and creative people. Developing to the heroic Cúchulain high achievers, who fought and sacrificed everything to come out on top. To MacCumhaill and Fiann, tales of poetry, magic – the inner tribe hero, the boy to man rite of passage and finally the King, the leader – the good Kingship who brought abundance and prosperity and the bad King who reaped in the wasteland.
On the cusp of the 20th century, while archiving Irish folklore at the Irish Literary Society of London, Yeats endorsed:
‘…folk-tales are full of simplicity and musical occurrences, for they are the literature of a class…who has steeped everything in the heart: to whom everything is a symbol”
As we celebrate our Irish culture on Lá Féile Pádraig we re-ignite the powerful, creative imagination of our Irish ancestors. We must continue to fulfil our Irish identity, continuing to create stories and evolve the imagination of our culture rich society.