De Druid Archive
Rónán Ó Raghallaigh
On Samhain 2020, de beginnin o de Celtic year, I decided I would undergo a six month process: to rebirth meself as a druid. I began de process as Ronan O’Reilly. On Bealtaine 2021, de mid-way point o de Celtic year, I held a family ceremony to complete de process and was re-baptised as Rónán Ó Raghallaigh.
Bein a druid means revivin Celtic spirituality and philosophy in de wake of imperialism and Christianity. It means writin about Celts and art as a Celt meself. It means makin art with one foot in de aul Celtic Otherworld, drawin visions from bodhrán trances, sippin out o sacred wells and communin with de Celtic deities. It means bein a peaceful contemplative and a barbaric warrior. It’s a re-awakenin. It’s awkward.
It’s an act of rebellion and decolonisation. It’s me own Celtic Revival. De spiral turns and de snake sheds its skin.