Lora O'Brien's Book publications include -
Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch, 2004 (2nd Edition, 2020); A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality, 2013; Rathcroghan - a Journey, 2015; Tales of Old Ireland - Retold, 2018; Harp, Club & Cauldron - A Harvest of Knowledge [editor, essay], 2018; Politics, Kinship and Culture in Gaelic Ireland [essay], (Wordwell) 2018; A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood, (Llewellyn) 2019; The Irish Queen Medb, 2020; and a forthcoming work on the Fairy Faith in Ireland, 2021. Lora is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Irish Regional History (2023).
Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch (2nd ed.)
Eel & Otter
Updated and Revised 2nd Edition! Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch is a delightful mixture of academia and accessibility; a book that explores Witchcraft in Ireland: how it was, is, and will be. It succeeds where many books have failed - fulfilling the longing for real Irish Witchcraft, while crafting the delicate balance between learning from the past and weaving a modern system based on truth and respect. Lora O'Brien is an Irish Draoí (user of magic) working closely with her heritage and her native land, providing a contemporary guide to genuine practice.
When it was released in 2004, this was the first traditionally published Pagan book ever written by an Irish author. It was the book that this author had sought, for over a decade previously... The 2nd edition of this book continues to do now what it did for so many on first publication - it bridges the gap between 'Celtic' NeoPagan nonsense, and authentic Irish Pagan Practice.
Publisher: Eel & Otter Press (August 18, 2020).
A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood
There's a pressing need in the Pagan community for strong, aware, responsible, and accountable leaders. This book provides a down-to-earth perspective on what it means to be a priestess or priest and explores the duties, responsibilities, challenges, and benefits of stepping into a leadership role.
Whether you are currently a priest or priestess, are considering taking on such a role, or would like to be more informed about Pagan leadership so you can better support your community, this book helps you learn about the practical skills required and provides ideas on how you can acquire or improve them.
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8th, 2019)
Harp, Club, and Cauldron - A Harvest of Knowledge
Eel & Otter
A curated anthology of scholarship, lore, and creative writings on the Dagda in Irish tradition. He is a king, a druid, a war chieftain, a lover, and a worker of the land. He nourishes and he kills, he loves and he fights, in equal measure. He knows the sorcerous arts of druidry and the secrets of time. He is the Dagda - the mightiest of all the Irish Gods, and yet he is often overlooked in popular approaches to the Irish Gods. This book distills the scholarship, experience, and creative vision of the Irish and Celtic spirituality communities to bring you a harvest of knowledge featuring: -- Works of original scholarship on the Dagda, his role in literature culture, and myth, and related divinities. -- Translated early Irish textual material with commentary. -- Tools for the practitioner including prayers, rituals, recipes. -- Insightful experiential writings from priests and practitioners. -- Curated original creative writings. -- Original artwork and illustrations.No one reading this book will come away unsatisfied… Join us at the Dagda’s Cauldron!
Publisher: Eel & Otter Press (November 3rd, 2018)
Tales of Old Ireland: Retold
Ancient Irish Stories Retold for Today.
In Ireland, we have a wealth of old myths, legends, fairy tales and folk stories, which are presented here in an easy to read, authentic Irish storyteller's voice - retold for modern times. Our Tales of Old Ireland reach from the heroic warriors Fionn and the Fianna, to the curse of a Goddess, to an on-going battle of wits between the Connacht Queen Medb (Maeve) and her rival the King of Ulster. You'll see shape shifting sisters, fairy folk you'll want to watch out for, fights with monsters, and wise old women helping young maids.
Lora O’Brien is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with strong personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality, in the simplest terms.