Dennis, Killian was born in Cavan, but one of his parents must have
been of the Corca Loidge because Wurzburg has a direct connection to
Rosscarbery and also Kilaconenagh in Casteletownbere parish. As I
mentioned the other day, Co. Cork is the only place I have found, so
far, where apparently people lived in caves or used them in times of
I am just as interested in the Tattoos as Cork also has a connection
up to the Isle of Man and the lands of the Picts.
On Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 5:51 PM, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Here is an article in the English edition of Der Spiegel that discusses a
> widespread underground mystery:
> Here is the Irish connection as laid out in the article:
>> "As a result of the international cooperation of the Erdstall working
>> group, new clues have come to light. The galleries are also concentrated in
>> parts of Ireland and Scotland, and there are also clusters in central
>> "This distribution bears intriguing parallels to the routes of the
>> Irish-Scottish traveling monks who, coming from the Celtic north in the 6th
>> century, traveled across the continent as missionaries. The tattooed monks
>> made the passage to the continent from the islands, carrying long staffs and
>> wearing coarse habits.
>> "The legendary Kilian, born in Ireland around 640 A.D., preached in the
>> southern German city of Würzburg. According to a hagiography, angry natives
>> killed him and buried him in a stable. St. Gall (died 640 A.D.) made it as
>> far as Lake Constance.
>> "Ahlborn speculates that these early Christian missionaries also brought
>> along heathen ideas, the remnants of Druid scholarship or special Celtic
>> concepts of the afterlife, which led to the construction of the subterranean
> Leaving aside where the Irish monks were tattooed and whether they brought
> "druidic" concepts with them to Europe, what I'm curious about is where the
> Irish and Scottish underground galleries are and what has been written about
> them. Anyone?