Tir Na Nog

Astrida Plenty

Southampton, United Kingdom

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One of my favourite films is "Into the West". A story set in Eire about two Irish boys and their horse Tir na nOg (Land of Perpetual Youth in gaelic). It is such a wonderful fairytale of a story and always makes me cry. If you’ve seen the film, you will understand my image. In the film the boys grandfather tells the story of Tir na nOg. As my mother is from the west coast of Ireland the film has a real special meaning to me.

I’ve taken this piece from <a href="http://www.shee-eire.com">www.shee-eire.com&lt;/a&gt; so you can read the story of Tir na nOg

Tír na nÓg is the fabled island off the west coast of Ireland "The land of perpetual youth" where the Tuatha de Danann (the Sidhe) resided. It also was home to a few mortals who were carried there by the Sidhe such as the Celtic hero Oisín who loved the ban-sidhe (fairy woman) Niamh and lived on the island for what he perceived to be a year. Time on Tír na nÓg seemed to pass at a different rate to time on earth. Hence when Oisín returned to his homeland to visit his family and friends he discovered that they were all long dead and three hundred years had passed by.
Other names for Tír na nÓg are Oilean na mBeo – the Island of the Living, Tír na mBuadha – the land of Virtues, Hy na Beatha – the island of Life, Tír na mBeo – the land of the Living and Hy Brasail – Brasil’s Island, The Land of Promise, and the Land of Youth. Also known as the Land Over Sea, and the Land Under-Wave.
Time stopped still on Tír na nÓg, one never grew old or suffered from any illness, it was always of a temperate climate neither too hot nor too cold. The flowers bloomed perpetually and never died. There was no sorrow or pain, love was eternal it was without wars or famine or any of the ills of the earth.
To get to Tír na nÓg it was necessary to cross a stretch of water and then to go under the waves for a time before coming again to dry land. The ‘horses’ of the sidhe crossed the waves as if they were a solid surface.

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