Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama

 

Reviewed by Mary Bilbrey

Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama located at http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland/ is an excellent site for storytellers to locate authentic Irish tales. This makes the site like this a gold mine for those who wish to tell authentic stories from Ireland and its people. The first section of the web page is divided by history, language, and periodicals, and the section is divided into the various authors within Celtic history including: Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, John Millington Synge, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Seamus Heaney, and other Irish writers. The site also contains information on various aspects of Mythology included Cuchulainn, Fionn and the Fianna. Festivals, Fine Arts, Festivals and Folklore are other sub-divisions within this site. Other extras included on the site are freebies you can get, marketplaces you can shop at, and food you can buy or make. The site has been around for seven years, and its domain designation is org which means that it is sponsored by a non-profit organization. The sites that are linked to this website are typically sponsored by non-profit organization sites and surprisingly enough, even with no recent updates to the original page, 100 % of the sites sampled were in working order.

The Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama website was created on March 14, 1996 and was last updated on September 9, 2002. The site has many mentioned awards including the Reese’s Award of the Leprechaun, Celtic Excellence Award, St. Bridy BlackShade, Celtic Thistle, NewHoo! Cool Site, PC Live! Top Ten Irish Websites, Mythology Award of Excellence, Editors Choice by the Open Directory Project, Telecom Internet 4 Doras, Doras ABU Telecom Internet, and Top 5% of all Websites Lycos.

The author to the Irish Literature, Mythology, Folklore, and Drama website can be contacted through email at anniina@luminarium.org. No other information, including phone numbers or addresses, could be found on the site.

The information that appears on the site appears to be factual. The site has been around for seven years and the links within the site are current. Many of the web links, that the site allows you access to, are provided by University professors who specialize in Celtic history.

Even considering the fact that the site has not been updated in a year and the fact that the site’s author does not lend herself to easy contact, I think that this site would be a good place to do Irish legend research. The fact that the site has been available for seven years and the fact that it is operated through a non-profit organization is a selling point for it. It also contains many great links and it is well organized for easy access to the specific information needed on Celtic history. For these reasons I feel this is a great place for a storyteller to search for information on Celtic tales and history.