The Seven Joys of Mary

Áine Minogue

This beautiful song is an old Gaelic version written from the perspective of Mary as she recounts the joys her son has brought her from his birth to his story of the Holy Book from his willingness to save the world. It belongs to a small, yet beloved cache of Irish religious songs in the Irish language that are still sung today.

Credits: Seams Egan: Irish Whistle Áine Minogue: Irish harp, vocals Eugene Friesen: Cello Alasdair Halliday: Vocals
Jon Evans: Bass

Recorded and mixed by Jon Evans at Brick Hill Studios, Orleans, Massachusetts, USA Produced by Jon Evans and Áine Minogue Trad. Arr. Áine Minogue (BMI)

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Celtic Christmas Traditions

Learn all about Irish and Celtic Traditions & Customs

keeping tradition alive!

1. Candle in the Window on Christmas Eve. What does this signify and when was the first candle lit? Will you be lighting a candle this Season to continue the tradition of your Irish heritage. Learn more.


2. The Kilmore Carols. Is is true there's a small village in Ireland with its own Carols for the Twelve Days of Christmas. Click here to learn more


3. Auld Lang Syne & New Year's Eve. Where did this song originate and why is it sung on New Year's Eve? Read on


4. Celtic Christmas Music. You can listen to Áine's Celtic Christmas Music here going back to her 1995 release "To Warm the Winter's Night." It also includes the winter compilation "Winter, A Celtic Meditation." as well as her recent Christmas release "Epiphany." 


5. Celtic & Irish Christmas Poetry. Áine has been collecting these beautiful poems, some dating back as far as the 11th Century since she started researching her album "To Warm the Winter's Night" in 1995. The list has grown over the years. If you would like to add yours, please let us know


6. Hunting the Wren. St. Stephen's Day in Ireland

The tradition of Hunting the Wren has a rich and varied history. You may have heard about the wren, the feast of St. Stephen or the unbroken Irish tradition of going door to door and playing music on December 26th! 

Discover the rich and varied history of this tradition of "hunting the wren" in the mythology of the Celts. Read on...


7. How the Old Carols were Saved. Unthinkable as it may seem, many of our most beloved Carols were almost lost. Discover how they were saved and where their roots in Ireland and Western Europe. 


8. Winter Solstice in Ireland. Ancient Tombs; Newgrange. Is it true there's an ancient tomb in Ireland that's older than the pyramids that's only visible during the Winter Solstice? Short answer: Yes! Read on


9. The Twelve Days of Christmas. The Twelve days begins on Christmas Eve and ends on "Little Christmas" or the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th or Twelfth Night. The Carol has a much deeper meaning... 


10. Epiphany. Little Christmas. Nollaig na mBan. Womens Christmas! Women had their own Christmas in Ireland? Well, not exactly. But January 6th, the twelfth day of Christmas seems to be packed! What's going on