Tir Tairngire

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"You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life" (Albert Camus). Welcome to Tir Tairngire, Folklore's Island of Wishes, Dreams and Happiness, where a long, long time ago...

...when time was shrouded in the mist of the ages, a fantastic island mysteriously appeared in the western sea beyone the golden sun. Protected by a circle of mountains, a peaceful and verdant valley rests in its very center. This lovely island became home to a host of fairy beings, and was known as Tir Tairngire, the Isle of Happiness.

As time passed, other islands appeared--Tirn Aill, the Other World; Tir Nan Og, the Land of the Tuatha de Danann; Mag Mor, the Great Island; Tirfo Thuinn, the Land Under the Waves and Tire Nam Beo, Land of the Living. One of these islands float. Three are submerged, raising above the surface only at night. Another submerges every third year and remains so for twelve months.

But be it known, that on this circle of protective isles lives strange and monstrous beasts who are forbidden by their gods to set foot on Tir Tairngire, where all is happiness, peace and plenty; where there is neither frost nor heat; no ageing or disease; where work is unknown; where all things grow in abundance without the need of ploughing or sowing or harvesting, and where there is always fruit on heavily laden trees.

Tir Tairngireis a place of imagination; a place to make wishes; a place to envision how things could be, or should be. It is a place of the heart. Relax now among the flowers as you entertain your dreams and plan your wishes for tomorrow. Enjoy peace and tranquility.

How many times in your life have you tossed a penny into a fountain and made a wish? When I was younger, I tried to count the pennies in fountains. I once heard that if you picked out a penny from the water, the wish of that penny's person would be given to you! I remember walking around a particularly lovely fountain several years ago, with the desire to reach in and take out a penny. As I thought on this, my hesitancy increased due to that unknown factor attached to each penny. How wise to be happy with our own dreams and wishes, for we never know what another's wishes and dreams contain.

wishing well

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9.   Sep 30, 2002 12:23 AM
Hi Virginia..

You give me hope on this ever changing world.. It's so nice to be akin to self thinkers... This was an enlightening article.

Thanks for sharing.................... Incidently do yo ...

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8.   Sep 27, 2002 6:28 AM
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7.   Sep 26, 2002 10:16 PM
Hi Virginia,

I thought that this was one of your finest articles, a real work of the imagination and spirit.

Enjoyed your writing style and imagery and general concept of the story.

Hope you ...

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6.   Sep 24, 2002 7:23 AM
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Renie, I do not doubt for one second that you have your very own Tir Tairngire in yo ...

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