Below is a photo I took today, just five minutes from my house. It reminds me of the lyrics from the Irish song The West's Awake (some call it The West's Asleep). The lyrics go - "Sing, Oh! Let man learn liberty from crashing winds and lashing seas."
Things are moving right along for us!
We have begun the process of bringing regular articles to this site as features rather than placed in the pages of a PDF magazine. There was too long of a wait between PDF editions, and so we thought it better to give you a little bit of fun at a time.
Meanwhile, we've made all back PDF issues available under the "All Past Issues" tab, however, keep in mind that we hope to move all of the past articles to the searchable portion of this site at some point. Eventually, we'll probably post articles, old and new, by the author's name, although you'll be able to search by subject, month, or whatever you want to type in the search box. The PDFs unfortunately will never be searchable, at least through this website's search tool, as it just doesn't work that way.
I figured out how to eliminate some of the potentially offensive ads that have been showing up on this site. I seems to work. I'm trying to stay away from politics and dating ads particularly. I have only limited control over what appears on the side bar. For the little income they bring in each year, these ads at least help pay my expenses to present this free website.
Check for some brand new stories under the "Feature Stories" tab. We have also been republishing some great stories from past issues, so that as much as possible can be found using the search tool. These stories are available under the "Blasts From The Past" tab.
Our new Facebook site is taking off and soon we'll surpass the old one.
Please be patient as I have worked very, very hard to bring you six years of "Celtic" stories, and this will be a change for me in the style of admin, that I'll need to get use to.
Somethings I wanted to make clear to our readers:
1) I fully understand that the word "Celtic" is sometimes used loosely to represent anyone coming from Ireland or Scotland. It is true that many people from these countries are from other races entirely, and there are people from other countries, such as Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and more that deserve the designation of being Celtic as much or more than others. I am not trying for a Pulitzer Prize on this website, just to have fun telling stories. Anyone interested in picking fly poop out of pepper can look elsewhere. We're just here to be storytellers.
2) This website will no longer be associated with the old Celtic Guide Facebook site. I am not an administrator on that site and have no connection to it, and I believe it has been shut down or renamed. Our new Facebook presence, The Celtic Guide Magazine, can be found at:
...or click on the Facebook tab, above.
3) This has been a labor of love since I began the Celtic Guide many years ago. It is non-profit, although I hadn't entirely planned it that way. I just have always loved "Celtic" type stories and wanted to share some. Many people jumped on the bandwagon and provided articles I never believed I'd even have the honor to present as part of this site. I thank them, and all the people who have participated (17 countries so far) either in providing articles, illustrations, photography, poetry, or music. I'll keep doing as much as I can, for as long as I can, with help from these wonderful volunteers.
Check back often.
Thank you all for your support, your contributions, and your readership. You have made this what it has been. I'm just guiding. You've got the hiking map.