A Fatal End? …


The Druids of Erin, so the story goes,

Long prophesied the coming of St Patrick.

They told it in this way…


There will come one, ‘crop-headed’,

Over a sea, ‘cruel-headed’,

Wearing his cloak, ‘cowl-headed’,

Carrying his staff, ‘crook-headed’,

The table in his house, west-lying

And all his folk to him, replying,

‘So be it, be it so…’




12 thoughts on “A Fatal End? …

  1. I think the druids were as canny as all churchmen, wary of new arrivals but always seeking information, yet shy of knowledge and the unknown. There’s a new Irish film, called Pilgrimage (2017) that’s worth a look.

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    1. I see that you are a filmmaker, Dermott. Did you create the film, Pilgrimage? You have a very interesting set of talents. I went on Facebook to look you up, but was unable to connect with your site. I did read your bio on this blog. Thank you kindly for your sharing. Very interesting addition to what is covered here.

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      1. Thanks, Anne. In the odd way that Facebook works, you need to 1) spell my name with two ‘ts ‘, as in Dermott and if that doesn’t work, try Dermott The Hat Hayes. 2) no, sadly, I did not make Pilgrimage, nor any feature film, just a series of self produced and directed short films. I am working on a documentary about Dublin’s Jarveys, a tiny community of people who drive horse drawn carriages. I really appreciate your comments.

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        1. Thank you kindly for your good response. I love the idea of the community of people who drive horse drawn carriages. We have that here in the U.S. with the Amish, though sadly, so much of their art and creative forces has been forced to change to keep up with the economy.

          I once got this set of plates with the old English carriage houses on them, and I found them fascinating because I have never seen plates that give credit to a publisher, but they did for a book, long out of print, “Coaching Days and Coaching Ways.” I believe the publisher was McMillan & Sons (by my memory – I no longer have the plates). Anyway, I found it interesting because of the way cultures function often in very large part by the way they handle their transportation.

          When I visited several Amish communities, I was surprised to see that they only talk to outsiders about business they are conducting, they wear no buttons on their clothes, but will pin them together if needed. Very interesting culture, and I am sure the one you are working with is very interesting as well. Do you know if it is a religious-based belief in using the horse drawn carriages, or do you have any theories about it? I have one of my degrees in archaeology, so I am always interested in this sort of thing even though it is more properly within the real of anthropology. I guess history’s mysteries will always be something I will love to delve into. I would love to know more about them overall and the geography of the area in general. Thank you kindly.

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          1. I’m only at the research stage and since I do most of these things myself, there’s a long haul ahead. The Dublin jarveys are a purely financial proposition and I suppose if you were looking for a point of comparison, try those guys in Central Park, NYC. As for anthropology, check out ‘I thought Horses was the best thing Ever’ Irish Jarveys in Dublin, an article by Tamar Diana Wilson in Critique of Anthropology 2006; 26, 139. Tamar Wilson is a Research Affiliate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri, St Louis.


  2. Wow, I always thought that St. Patrick was supposed to be a good person. Why do they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the United States then? That is a big holiday March 17. All I can say is that this is shocking to learn. Now I will go look him up and see what he did. I honestly did not know. Now I will likely never celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again! Boy, this is like practically getting a college degree with all the things we are learning here. Thank you all for your contributions.


    1. Have you seen Pilgrimage? I read your comment about Patrick but his commemoration simply marks the introduction of Christianity to Ireland, a country that already enjoyed a rich cultural history that it’s new ‘Christian’ rulers did their best to obliterate. Google ‘recent archaeological findings in Ireland’, it will give you a taste of what I’m talking about.

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