Irish legend of Tir na nOg - January 2018

Where is Tir Na nOg?

By Maria O'Farrell Carr

Tir Na nOg lake in Ireland
Tir na nOg (or ‘land of the young’) is an otherworldly realm in Irish mythology whose inhabitants are gifted with everlasting youth, beauty, health and happiness. It was said to be the home of the Tuath De Dannan, the ancient gods, as well as the fairies, and forbidden from mortal humans. The only way a mortal man or woman could enter the land was by invitation, since it was not part of their own world. Tir na nOg features in many Irish stories, but the most famous one stars Oisin, son of the mythological hero and leader of the Fianna, Fionn MacCumhaill.
Oisin was out hunting with the Fianna one day when they noticed something rapidly moving across the ocean on the crest of a wave. Fearing an invasion, they hurried to the coast and prepared for a battle, only to find the most beautiful woman any of them had ever seen galloping along the waves on a pristine white horse. She approached the men and introduced herself as Niamh, daughter of the God of the Sea, and said she had travelled from Tir na nOg. Many of the men feared her as they believed her to be a fairy woman, but Oisin introduced himself. The two instantly fell in love and were inseparable for days on end, travelling around Connemara together. However, Niamh was bound to return to Tir na nOg. Unable to bear leaving her beloved Oisin, she invited him to come back with her. Oisin was so in love that he couldn’t possibly refuse, and jumped on top of the white horse without much thought, leaving his family and fellow warriors behind.
Once they crossed back over the Lake to the realm of Tir na nOg, Oisin received all of the gifts it was famous for; everlasting beauty, health, and of course, the ultimate happiness with his new love. After a few months however, he began to miss the family he left behind. The ever caring Niamh gave him her horse so he could travel back to see them, but warned him not to touch the ground or he would become mortal again and would not be able to make the journey back. 
Oisin galloped across the water and he traveled to Dun Aileann where the Fainna camped, only to find it empty. He searched for his fellow Fenians too, but could find nobody he knew. Eventually he came across three men attempting to move a great boulder down a road. He asked them where his people were, and they told him they had all died many years ago. 
Realising that time passes much slower in Tir na nOg than on earth and that he had in fact been away for centuries, Oisin became despondent. 
The three men asked him to help him move a large boulder. He agreed to help while remaining on his horse. The boulder was heavy and as he tried to help move it, he fell from the horse, hit the ground, and instantly aged into a bent over old man. 
Trapped in an unfamiliar land where he knew nobody and was unable to travel back to his love in the other realm, poor Oisin died of a broken heart soon after. His horse galloped back to Tir Na nOg where his wife Niamh would learn that he was never coming back.
When we are on Maria's Ireland Sacred Tours we travel across a lake in Ireland where it is believed that the Land of Tir Na nOg is hidden under the lake. 



Maria O'Farrell CarrMaria's Bio: Maria is a gifted healer, intuitive and medical intuitive from Ireland. She carries a vast wealth of experience from a life of passionate exploration of the profound healing and ancient Irish intuitive gifts she inherited from her mother and going back to her grandmothers, two great uncles who were well known healers of the sick and even as far back as her great, great, great, grandfather (b. 1837) who was known as the Irish Healer of Animals. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom comes from her deep study and relentless research. Maria offers Celtic Intuitive & Angel Card Reading thru Skype or phone to any were in the world. Maria grew up in Ireland and has travelled to over 16 countries and visited 245 cities. She has lived and travelled to Australia, Canada, North and South America, Europe and many places around the world. Maria has lived in the Okanagan, BC, Canada for years. She now lives part-time also back home in Ireland in the Spring and Autumn. Maria is the founder and publisher of 'OK In Health eMagazine' and Web site since 2014. www.OKinHealth.com is a beam of light in the wellness community. Maria was awarded the 2008 SOWINS, Women Up Front and Centre - Health & Wellness Award for her work on OK In Health eMagazine and the community. Over the years she has also worked as an Event Organizer and brought instructors to the Okanagan from all over the world. Maria was also involved at the grass root level in bringing in Dr Deepak Chopra. Gregg Braden and Dr. Wayne Dyer to the Okanagan valley. Maria has a wealth of experience in travel, as a healer and in events organizing. Maria hosts a weekly Health Column in 5 Okanagan newspapers. In 2013, Maria brought 30 people to Ireland for the 14 day Celtic Angel Ireland Tour and since then brings two tours over to Ireland each year. Maria has published two books on Sacred Ireland and is working on her third book. Maria continues to enjoy studying, travelling, offering sessions, working on OK In Health eMagazine, loving life in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and the Sacred Ireland Tours. - Maria O'Farrell Carr Website - Email


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