22 episodes

Manchán Magan investigates the quirks, conundrums and wonders of Ireland such as, how were the Irish able to make a cheese hard enough to kill the semi-divine leader of Connaught, Queen Maeve? What is it like to spend hours alone in an ancient cave of transformation where Gaelic warriors endured periods of isolation to prove their manhood? How long does it take for an urban pond to become a multi-dimensional wonderland? Or, what exactly is the neurological effect of staring at an art work? The Almanac of Ireland aims to answer these and many more questions.

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Manchán Magan investigates the quirks, conundrums and wonders of Ireland such as, how were the Irish able to make a cheese hard enough to kill the semi-divine leader of Connaught, Queen Maeve? What is it like to spend hours alone in an ancient cave of transformation where Gaelic warriors endured periods of isolation to prove their manhood? How long does it take for an urban pond to become a multi-dimensional wonderland? Or, what exactly is the neurological effect of staring at an art work? The Almanac of Ireland aims to answer these and many more questions.

    Everything Is Connected

    Everything Is Connected

    This is the second part of Manchán's conversation with environmental philosopher Matthijs Schouten. Manchán and Matthijs chat about how everything in the world – the natural world and the human-built world – is connected, and how this realisation can help us feel happier as individuals and less powerless in the face of the current climate crisis.

    • 31 min
    Enchanted by Nature

    Enchanted by Nature

    Manchán travels the breadth of Ireland for an uplifting chat with environmental philosopher Matthijs Schouten about how to reconnect our souls to the natural world. For more information on the NatureWise programme at Wageningen University in The Netherlands: https://cdn.naaee.org/sites/default/files/case-study/file/case_study_naturewise_0.pdf

    • 34 min
    An Almanac Extra: Samhain

    An Almanac Extra: Samhain

    Manchán visits the Hill of Tara to consider the meaning and mythology of Samhain, Hallowe'en. A tiny tale from The Almanac of Ireland.

    • 5 min
    An Almanac Extra: Changelings - a tiny tale

    An Almanac Extra: Changelings - a tiny tale

    How do you spot a changeling, a human child that has been replaced by a fairy? Billy Connell tells us what to look for.

    • 5 min
    An Almanac Extra: Fog stories from the Aran Islands Part 1

    An Almanac Extra: Fog stories from the Aran Islands Part 1

    We're still crafting new stories for you that we'll be showcasing soon on The Almanac of Ireland. In the meantime, have you ever wondered how you might help a fogbound currach find its way safely back to shore? Manchán hears a story about how the innovative people of Inismaan did it.

    • 4 min
    An Almanac Extra: Fog stories from the Aran Islands Part 2

    An Almanac Extra: Fog stories from the Aran Islands Part 2

    Another tiny story from the Aran Islands about how to keep your bearings when at sea in foggy weather.

    • 3 min

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