Lora O’Brien was born in Dublin, in the late 70s, to a mother who valued long excursions to historical houses, and trekking across fields to locate obscure archaeological monuments of a summer’s afternoon. As a child, this was deemed tremendously boring; but of course the experience and knowledge that has been passed on through that early matriarchal madness has long since come into its own.
She has been a published freelance writer from the tender age of 23, and an author since she was 26. That is longer ago than she likes to think about. She’s an Author, Teacher, and Guide, with strong personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality.
Lora O’Brien is a modern Draoí (Druid) – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality, in the simplest terms. She managed one of Ireland’s most important sacred sites – Cruachán/Rathcroghan – for a decade, co-organised Ireland’s national Pagan festival (Féile Draíochta) through its lifespan until 2015, and is a co-founder and legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland.
She has been teaching all of this Pagan stuff since around 2000, when she began working for one of the biggest online witchcraft forums in the world (at the time)… though she’s been doing all of the Pagan stuff a lot longer than that. Her whole life, really, in hindsight, but consciously since 1994 (when she was just 16 and read her first book). She started her relationship with the Irish Pagan Goddess Mórrígan in 2004, just before her first book was traditionally published… and the rest as they say, is history!
She lives in County Waterford with her partner Jon O’Sullivan (An Scéalaí Beag) and two of her three children (here follows the obligatory ‘pets’ listing of the author bio)… and a dog and two snakes. There is currently no possibility of cats in her life, and for this she has an occasional sad.
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