Welcome to Tairis!
As you may have noticed, Tairis has experienced some downtime over the last few weeks or so. Some essential maintenance was necessary to keep the website ticking over, and then events conspired against us that resulted in a colossal failure to reinstall everything. Hopefully all of that's been sorted now, and we're tentatively back up and running again, using a very basic template until we can find the time to pretty things up a little. Things are a little rough and ready right now, and the internal links don't seem to be working too well right now, but the basic content is all here. You'll just have to bear with us while we try and find the time to sort things out. While Tairis was down I got a lot of concerned messages about where it had all gone, so I'm very sorry for the inconvenience, and very much appreciate your support!
You can keep up to date with developments on my main blog, also imaginatively called Tairis, and there's also Tairis Tales and I have a Tumblr, too. As the current head of Gaol Naofa you might also find that website useful, and we also now have a Youtube channel with some videos aimed at introducing the festivals. If you like doing the Facebook thing, you can like our Gaol Naofa page, and our CAORANN page, too.
I've recently had a few of the articles I have here translated into Portuguese by Brazilian blogger Aengus Miach (Leeh) over at Tír Tairnge. I am usually more than happy to give my permission to have articles translated into different languages, so long as you ask first. Otherwise, I reserve the right to claim full copyright on all content (just because it's on the web doesn't mean it's not copyrighted, m'kay?); I've had a few problems with one blogger in particular reposting a whole swathe of this website without permission or even credit, and I've been forced to take action to have the articles removed. Three times now...It's just rude. And incredibly annoying.
A little background
So what's Tairis all about, then? I'm a Gaelic Reconstructionist Polytheist who is lucky enough to be living in Scotland, and this website is all about the many different things I've been researching and looking into over the years. As I write, I learn, and it helps me to focus and think about things. Hopefully this site will give a good idea of how I interpret Gaelic Polytheism, and in a wider context, Celtic Reconstructionism too. You can also find me at my blog, which hosts all my CR/GP-oriented blether.
During the course of my involvement in the wider Celtic Recontructionist movement I've participated in many of the online forums and groups and I strongly believe that Gaelic Polytheism can be nothing without community. I am currently serving as the Uachtarán of Gaol Naofa, an international organisation that aims to provide community and support for Gaelic Polytheists, as well as furthering the practices and resources available to seekers and dedicated Gaelic Polytheists alike. I am also a council member of CAORANN - Celts Against Oppression, Racism and Neo-Nazism - a group of Celtic Reconstructionists and allies who are dedicated to speaking out against racism, cultural appropriation, and the misuse and abuse of Celtic spiritualities and symbolism.
And why 'Tairis'? To be perfectly honest, I stumbled across the word in Macbain's dictionary. Its meaning was given as, "the dairymaid's cry to calm a cow" and really, it just made me laugh. It sums up a lot of the things I love about Scotland - that there's a word for such an act, so integral to the culture, so succinct. And I like cows, so it seemed apt. More seriously though, other meanings are given: In Scots Gaelic, it means loving or kind; going back to early Irish, it meant loyal, true. All this speaks to the core of what I do and how I feel about the culture I live in and am now a part of. I love what I do, and at the heart of it, I see and seek truth in it.