My name is Annie, and I live on the west coast of Scotland with my family and menagerie of animals. I have a joint MA in Archaeology and Celtic Civilisation, and since 2004 I have been involved in the Celtic Reconstructionist community to some degree or another.
I am a Gaelic Polytheist, and I run the website Tairis where I host all of my articles relating to Gaelic Polytheism and the folklore of Scotland and Ireland in particular. I also have another blog, imaginatively named Tairis, where I post my ramblings, blether, and occasional deep thoughts, and you can find out more about me and my beliefs and community involvements here. Because I’m sure you’re really interested…
Since 2014 I’ve also been serving as the head of Gaol Naofa, an international organisation for Gaelic Polytheists. Our aims include providing decent resources for Gaelic Polytheists, as well as providing support, fellowship, and networking opportunities for our members. You can find out more at the website, and the links to our social media and other places we hang out at in the list of links on the right-hand side here. I am also a member of the CAORANN council, an anti-racist collective of Gaelic Polytheists and allies.
This blog here is intended to be a place where I can collate all of the tales, myths, legends, lore and more from the Gaelic countries – those of Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man (and possibly the diaspora, if I can find anything relevant that’s in the public domain) – so I can have them all in one place; my very own sourcebook, if you will. There are a lot of old journals and books that contain a goldmine of old lore and folk tales, which can be found in a variety of places online now. It takes a lot of sifting through these old sources to find the gems, though, which means there’s potentially an awful lot of valuable material getting overlooked. Hopefully this blog will help remedy that a little.
Everything posted here will be reposted from sources that are no longer in copyright, and the only changes made to stories will be for formatting/readability purposes, unless otherwise stated.