Hello and welcome to Tales from the Wood. My name is Shelly and I'm an Irish artist, writer, historian and wanderer, in love with Ireland's rich heritage.

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Rewilding Ireland

Have you ever heard people mention the phrase ‘Rewilding Ireland’? Did you know that thousands of years ago Ireland was 80% covered in forest? And most of this was made up of native deciduous trees Read more…

Leac an Scail Dolmen

The Leac an Scail Dolmen (Stone of the Warrior/Hero) I have to say, I’m yet to find a more impressive ‘off the beaten track’ portal tomb than this stunning site in County Kilkenny. Located in Read more…

The Winter Solstice

Grianstad an Gheimhridh – The Winter Solstice In the Irish language the word for the solstice is “An Grianstad”, which translates as “the sun stop”. Many of us will stop to reflect this year on the Read more…

The Labbacallee Wedge Tomb

You know, for as long as I can remember I’ve always had this sort of odd bias against wedge tombs when compared to dolmens. Dolmens are my all-time favourite type of megalith, and by contrast Read more…

The Athgreany Stone Circle

The Athgreany Stone Circle is a place that I have found myself drawn back to again and again over the years, and for good reason. It is a highly atmospheric site, adorned with a hawthorn Read more…

Emain Macha

A few weeks back, I finally had the opportunity to make the journey up to Emain Macha in lovely Armagh. This is a place that had been on my list for years, and I can Read more…

The Drombeg Stone Circle

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of visiting the breathtaking Drombeg Stone Circle on a quiet and grey morning, just early enough to beat the steady flow of visitors that pass through it Read more…

The Cailleach of Loughcrew

Autumn Equinox is upon us my friends, and I hope that wherever you are you’re allowing yourself to pause and reflect on the passing of this celestial event. To mark the occasion I decided this Read more…