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Seeing magic in the forest

In the countryside in ThreeCastles there lies an ancient Norman tower where a sense of beauty and peace prevails.

It is the perfect setting for a college of druidery and is the ideal ground on which to speak to Eimear Burke, a trained psychotherapist, priestess and druid who lives there with her husband retired psychiatrist Howard Campbell and their two children, Ruadhan (13) amd Caoilfhinn (9).

Eimear moved to the old rectory in ThreeCastles in 2000 and as we walk towards the temple, that she has created in the grounds of the castle she explains that she is an animist, who is someone who sees the spirit in nature. “The temple is in honour of a number of goddesses. The goddesses’ are nameless and are there to acknowledge that Mother Earth gives birth to all of us. I like them (referring to the statues of the goddesses that are in the temple). They are wild and big and fat and fertile. This is a great space for people to come and mediate,” Eimear tells me.

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