Just a short one today, as I’ve got WAY too much to do, and not enough time to do it…
Below is a video of my old friend and colleague Jenny Butler, who was working on her Ph.D. in the Folklore & Ethnology department at my university in Ireland (University College Cork) when I was there–this video is from last year, but I’m not sure if she’s finished her Ph.D. yet or not. In any case, her dissertation is on Irish witchcraft and paganism in the modern period. This is a short summary of what she’s been doing, for an audience that doesn’t know much about the subject (or about folklore and ethnology).
Something that is to be commented on in this, and which I have often been at pains to communicate to people in the U.S.: there are a number of pagans of various types in Ireland, and though some identify as Druids and practitioners of Druidry, almost none of them are what could be classified as “Celtic Reconstructionists.” Sure, they use some sites that are definitely Celtic in origin (e.g. Tara), as well as ones that are pre-Celtic (e.g. Newgrange), and they themselves are Irish and have a lot invested in various aspects of the Irish folk tradition–but, their celebration of the Irish Quarter Days is along the lines of Wiccan celebrations of such, not anything demonstrably derived from direct Irish sources.
So, it’s a very interesting matter to think about further in considering how the diasporic nature of CR in the U.S. can be somewhat unique in comparison to how paganism is done in Ireland (and other countries, for that matter).