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Connecting with Your Irish Ancestors

Whether they are real—and you are Irish—or not

Illustration Credit: Stones of Newgrange by Denise Labadie

Bloodlines are important, and an understanding of family ties, bonds, history, and each root and branch of our physical family tree can help provide a firm foundation from which to build. But what of spiritual ancestry? What of the deep-seated desire that burns in so many of us for a land, a tribe, a culture from which we have no discernible descent?I am Irish. It’s a simple statement, an understanding that one originates from a small green island on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Irish people have always been explorers, travellers, hard workers, and adventurers who sailed and settled throughout the globe. Ireland’s blood reaches far and wide, but Irish culture, Irish heritage, weaves an even wider net over the world. And Irish spirituality sings a pure siren song, even for those whose physical ancestry does not seem to tie in with this land.What harm? Irish mythology is rich with “invasions” of other cultures, blended into a fine tapestry through time. We are a multicultural stirring pot; so whether your grandmother was from Connemara, or Colorado—if the spirit of Irish ancestry stirs your soul, you c …

Lora O’Brien is a Priestess, or Ban Draoí, living by Rathcroghan, the spiritual heart of the West of Ireland. Read her blog at

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