MODERN DRUIDRY A PATRIOTIC RELIGION FOR THE IRISH, BRITISH & GAULISH PEOPLE.

by Michael McGrath, Ard Drui Teamhair ‘Is Eire.
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The Archdruid of Dublin, Anrai O’Raghallaigh of the Liberties, insisted as far back as 1994, a quarter of a century ago on the Hill of tara, that Druidry is the religion of the Irish people, as well as having pure Welsh and Gaulish components in the present age.

The Druids were always an intellectual Irish elite here.

Not only that, but Druidry is celebrated far and wide throughout England, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia , the USA and Canada as a belief system for the majority white inhabitants of those far-off lands today.

In Wales the Druid Order there is avowedly Welsh and does not take members of any other nationality. Here we have an account of a recent 21st century installation of n Archbishop of Canterbury as a white Welsh Druid:

Archbishop named ‘white druid’

ST. DAVID’S, Wales — The newly nominated archbishop of Canterbury was installed Monday as an honorary white druid, alarming some conservative clergy in the Church of England.

Rowan Williams, currently archbishop of Wales, was inducted into the Gorsedd of Bards, an organization that promotes Welsh language and culture and is not a religion.

Druids, who were both priests and judges, were a ruling class in ancient Celtic society.

“I think the Archbishop of Canterbury-designate needs to consider what other people, non-Welsh members of the Anglican communion, think he is doing,” said the Rev. Angus Macleay of the Evangelical Reform Group.

Williams said that he was “very saddened that some people have reached the wrong conclusion about the ceremony.”

“If people had actually looked at the words of the hymns and text used, they would have seen a very Christian service,” said Williams.

The archbishop wore a white robe for the ceremony and chose the bardic name of ap Aneurin. That was a tribute both to a sixth-century Welsh poet and to Aneurin Bevan, a postwar Labor Party politician remembered as the founder of the National Health Service.

Elfyn Llwyd, a politician from Wales’ Plaid Cymru party and a member of the Gorsedd, said the ceremony was a “quaint induction” and the group was entirely dedicated to developing the Welsh language and culture.

“It is clearly not a pagan organization — I would not be a member of it if it were, and nor would many other people of all religious persuasions who are members,” Llwyd said.

“It is an old form of induction, there is no worshipping of any pagan gods of the kind. It is simply a rather quaint induction,” Llwyd said.

“From there on it’s a vehicle for assisting the development of the Welsh language and culture and nothing can be wrong with that.”

The ceremony was part of the National Eisteddfod, a celebration of Welsh culture.

Although the Gorsedd of Bards calls its members druids, the organization dates only as far back as 1792 — the brainchild of Welsh scholar Iolo Morganwg.

Past members included the actor Richard Burton and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

The Archdruid of Tara and Ireland has declared to the world on the Hill of Tara that the Irish Druid Order is for native Irish people only, as well as the diaspora of course. Archdruid O’Raghaillaigh of Dublin is on record as stating clearly that Druidry in Ireland is for the irish only and that one must be native Irish to qualify as an Irish druid here.

So Druidry is now the only white native Irish religion in Ireland and Irish druids proclaim Druidry as their heritage and belonging only to us here in Ireland and not to any of the Incomers.

There can be exceptions and in the case of the Irish Druid Order  there was such an honourable exception when the late Druid Michael Poynder, Druid author, was made an Honoured Druid of the Irish Order.

At least the Irish still have our own native religion/belief system left when all else is done and gone.Beyo

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