We traveled the length and of Ireland mainly coastal regions and Gaeltacht areas.
The photo is of myself and my son Jim.
Folklore in Irish is called bealoideas – literally translated this means education of the mouth.
There was a time before literacy when knowledge was passed on between generations using the spoken word. When you think about it stories are a means of engagement and the best stories – the ones that are more likely to be passed through the ages – are the ones that resonate and have meaning for people.
Karl Jung pointed this out but it has been known since ancient times.
Great stories survive through a kind of evolutionary process. Great story-tellers were highly respected in rural communities that is until television.
The Blaskets and Slea Head remind us of our past and the heritage we share with our ancestors – not just those who inhabited the bee-hive huts four thousand years ago but also the people who in my lifetime and in my presence recalled the wondrous tales that are perhaps as old as the stones.