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Ireland's Last Witch
Technically, Biddy Early is not Ireland's last witch. But she is certainly the last person threatened with prosecution under witchcraft laws. Ireland's last witchcraft trial was held in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1865. Local 'cunning woman' Biddy Early was in the dock.

A Goddess Tour of Ireland
Ireland is often referred to as the 'body of the goddess.' Little wonder then, that many visitors to Ireland are interested in planning a tour with the Goddess as the main feature of the itinerary.

Irish Soda Bread
Loaf tin or round loaf? Wholemeal or all white flour? Soda bread is a staple of the Irish larder, great toasted with jam or buttered with a bowl of stew or soup.

What is Imbolc?
Imbolc (or Imbolg)is the Irish for the month of February. It is also one of the four Celtic pagan 'fire festivals' on the cross quarter days. Winter may still be biting, but actually, this is the beginning of Spring! It is welcome!

BellaOnline's Irish Shop
Welcome to BellaOnline’s Irish Shop. Here you will find unique, contemporary expressions of art and craft, recommended films and books.

St. Brigid's Day Recipes
St. Brigid's Day is 1st February. Even if there is frost on the snowdrops, this is the official start to the Celtic Spring. We are six weeks between Christmas and the Spring Equinox. Celebrate brighter days and the earth getting ready to sprout seedlings with my Seed Cake recipe.

The Festival of Brigit
The Festival of Brigit on 1st February is the official start of the Irish spring. The snow may still be on the snowdrops but this ancient celebration of Ireland's saint and goddess begins the season of renewal.

Women's Christmas in Ireland
January 6th is the Feast of Epiphany. In Ireland it goes by another name - Nollaig na mBan. Here's how it gets the name of Women's Christmas.

Boxing Day or St. Stephen's?
December 26th is a bank holiday in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but they are known by different names. Many of the customs surrounding this day have a common theme.

Winter Solstice in Ireland
Winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year. With the low cloud this time of year the days can feel dark indeed. Yet our ancient ancestors celebrated this day as the rebirth of the sun.

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