Fairy tree in Ireland

Ian Middleton

Andover, United Kingdom

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Fairy tree in the village of Carbury, County Kildare, Ireland. In Irish folkore, a lone hawthorn tree is generally believed to be a portal to the Tir na Nog (land of eternal youth) and home to the fairy folk. When the Celts (Gaels, or Milesians) conquered Ireland, the defeated the ruling tribe, the Tuatha de Danann, who then retreated into the otherworld, a spritual realm and became the rulers of the spirtual world, while the Celts became rulers of the physical world.

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