is at one of the stone circles that dot this landscape. While we drive Seoirse shares with us stories about the persecution of Catholic priests, a little bit of the history of Catholic emancipation, and the rather contradictory belief in fairies and changelings. In fact the reason these stone circles have survived so long is purely because of the superstitions surrounding the harming of these structures. The stone circles are still used by naturalists and those who practice pagan rituals to celebrate occasions such as
the summer solstice. People also believed that fairies occasionally swapped a child with one of their own and any child who was born a little different to the norm was referred to as a changeling! It is hard to believe that these myths were alive till about a generation ago and yet equally incredulous myths abounded in numerous cultures including mine during my parent’s generation!