Death in Ireland

A Scholarly and Personal Exploration of the Mythology and Folklore of Death in Ireland

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In this online class we delve into the enigmatic world of Irish Death Folklore. There are so many mysteries to explore in the rich tapestry of our ancestral traditions, with Dagda Bard and Priest, Jon O'Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag).

Are you a student with a keen interest in the spiritual and historical aspects of Irish culture? Do you find that your education and life experience have left you yearning for a deeper, more nuanced understanding of topics like the mythology and folklore of Death in Ireland?

This course is designed to provide just what you need. It goes beyond surface-level information and popular misconceptions, offering an academically rigorous yet accessible exploration that enriches both your intellectual and spiritual life. Join our teacher for an examination of "The Mythology and Folklore of Death in Ireland." The class will examine the complex tapestry of beliefs, stories, and cultural practices surrounding death in Irish history. This 90-minute theoretical session aims to elevate your understanding of Irish mythology and folklore, while addressing misconceptions and gaps in popular knowledge.

What Will You Learn?

In this course, we're going on a journey together to:

  1. Clear the Fog: Ever heard things about Irish death folklore that didn't quite sit right? We'll sift through the noise and get to the heart of the matter, just like you would in a good old-fashioned tale by the fireside.
    • How We Do It: Think of it as storytelling with a purpose. We'll compare different tales and traditions to see what's what.
  2. Get the Real Story: There are a lot of half-truths and tall tales out there. We'll dive into the original stories and reliable accounts to set the record straight.
    • How We Do It: Imagine we're in a library, but only the good stuff is on the shelves. We'll pull from those to clear up any myths.
  3. See the Bigger Picture: Irish death folklore isn't just a standalone topic; it's part of a rich tapestry that includes history, spirituality, and more. We'll connect the dots to give you a fuller understanding.
    • How We Do It: Picture a quilt made of many patches—history, spirituality, culture. We'll look at how they all stitch together to form a complete picture.

This course is for everyone, whether you're just starting your journey into Irish folklore or you've been on this path for a while. No need to be an expert or a devotee; just bring your curiosity and willingness to learn.

Your Course access enrollment includes access to:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Videos
  • -- Class Audios
  • -- Exercises to complete in your own time
  • -- Q&A Session with the Teacher (recorded during live class).

You will get a unique perspective from a native Irish bard, who studies the lore of Ireland and retells those tales for a modern audience, keeping to the core values and traditions and integrating them in his own Pagan practices and Right Relationship with the Old Gods of Ireland.

This is a completely self-paced online course.

When you enroll in this class, you are receiving lifetime access (with a full 30 day money back guarantee).

Enroll in the course, download the content, learn from the materials... and if you don't like what you've learned just email us and we'll give you all your money back. We're taking a risk by offering this - we can't get the content back, so you could just enroll, then ask for a refund, and rip us off! However, we work on an honour system with our Tuath, as did our ancient ancestors. We trust that you won't do that to us, just like you can trust that we will do our very best to make sure you have a good experience with the Irish Pagan School.

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Your Instructor

Jon O'Sullivan
Jon O'Sullivan

Jon O'Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag) is an Irish tour guide, author, and storyteller dedicated to the tales of his patron deity, the Dagda, chief of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Co-founder of the Irish Pagan School with his partner Lora O'Brien, Jon shares his knowledge and stories through multiple platforms. He regularly posts on the Irish Pagan School blog, YouTube channel, TikTok, and Patreon, where followers get to ask him questions and gain early access to his video responses. Living with his family in County Waterford, Ireland, Jon continues to weave words that connect hearts and minds to Ireland's rich lore and traditions.

Having little to no knowledge of the Irish pantheon of male deities, I felt that I stepped into a wonderful level of intimate experience and cultural background in a matter of a few paragraphs. From the warm and personable start to the mapping of the mythos landscape then to the examples of interlinking the Dagda to my own life journey, this is a rewarding turn down my own "path less taken." Thanks much!

Charmaine Whitney - The Dagda - Hearth Hero & Domestic Deity

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to complete this course?
When you enroll in this course, you will be sent information by email (Fáilte - Your Access to the Irish Pagan School), and you can take things at your own pace from there. Your enrolled access after the live session includes all recordings. This makes it a completely self-paced online course - join in live if possible, and get the downloads after for repeated or further study. You decide when you start and when you finish.
How long will my enrollment last for?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this version of the recordings for as long as you remain a member of the Irish Pagan School - across any and all devices you own. So, you can take your time, or get it all done quickly, and revisit it all whenever you want to - it's completely up to you.
What if I enroll, then change my mind?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase for ANY reason, contact us within the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund, no questions asked. If you do require a refund, please just contact the Irish Pagan School directly, by email. We will deal with your request and refund your money with no problems!
Do I need to have Irish ancestry to study here?
No, absolutely not. We provide authentic connection to Ireland, with native or naturalised Irish teachers, for anyone who wishes to learn from us and is willing to put in the time and effort to do this properly... rather than grab a culturally appropriated quick fix.
What Scholarly Sources Can I Expect in This Course?
In this course, we take your learning seriously while keeping things engaging and approachable. Our mythology teachings are rooted in Irish medieval manuscripts, tapping into the rich tales they contain. For folklore, we rely on the esteemed National Folklore Collection available in person at the archives, and online at Duchas. This ensures that the stories and traditions we explore are not just captivating but also academically sound and culturally authentic.

Loved receiving this class from Jon! His approachable manner makes the lecture portion easy to take in and understand, and the content, including the resources he points learners to, will keep on giving. I'm queer and transmasculine, and so it's really important for me to learn about deities in the Irish tradition who present us with alternative models of masculinity. Thank you Jon and the IPS for bringing us this class!

Dee Straith (Dani Pacey) - The Dagda - Hearth Hero & Domestic Deity

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If you can't attend the course teaching live (at 9pm Irish time on the Sunday), don't worry, the recorded files and presentation slides, etc. will be posted into your Course Curriculum by the following Tuesday.


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