Welcome to Tairis!
Since becoming more involved in Gaol Naofa and (as of January 2014) taking over leadership of the organisation, my energies are now mostly being channelled into that role and serving the members of that organisation, along with some offline writing projects. Là Fhèill Brìghde saw the release of Gaol Naofa's latest publication, Children and Family in Gaelic Polytheism. This was commissioned by Treasa last year, and has been a long time coming! The article is a joint effort between myself and Kathryn Price NicDhàna, whose experience and input has been invaluable, as has Treasa's work on producing and formatting the final product. Since then, we have also overhauled our article on Offerings: A Gift for a Gift, and now we also have an official Gaol Naofa Youtube channel. The launch of our channel was accompanied by two videos for St Patrick's Day, and an article by Gaol Naofa council member, Sionnach Gorm over on the GN website, titled Pagans, Polytheists and St Patrick's Day.
While I'm busy working for Gaol Noafa, you can keep up to date with things on my main blog, also imaginatively called Tairis, and there's also Tairis Tales and I have a Tumblr, too. If you like doing the Facebook thing, you can like our Gaol Naofa page, and our CAORANN page, too.
As ever, I hope you enjoy and find something useful in them, and if you have any thoughts, comments, questions, or whatever, feel free to comment over on the blog or
. I would add, though, that I am unable to help anyone with their family tree or genealogy in general. It really isn't my area of expertise, and the only advice I can give is not to take the genealogies you find in the myths and legends too literally. They are often more an idealisation or total fabrication rather than anything you can trust; the Irish and Scots weren't shy about making a few convenient tweaks here and there if it suited their political aims, in particular. Basically, if you're all excited about being related to Egyptian royalty via Ireland...take it with a huge pinch of salt.
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; 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.
Reconstructionism is a path that requires a lot of legwork and for the most part I stick to what I know best - Scottish and, to a lesser extent, Irish beliefs and customs. I take a fairly conservative approach to my practises and generally stick to the Scottish side of things, but I do find that comparative work and research with Irish practice is very helpful since Scotland's Gaelic heritage owes so much to Ireland and many of the avenues of my research lead back there. What I do is constantly evolving and hopefully I'll be able to reflect that by keeping the site up to date. Feel free to
with your thoughts, questions, ideas.
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.