A virtual visit to the Shannon Pot

If you’ve read my novel A Moment of Time you’ll remember that a key scene takes place at the time of the summer solstice—in 1996—at Ireland’s Shannon Pot, the (traditional) source of the Shannon River.

This year—2020—an annular eclipse occurs during the solstice (though it won’t be visible in Ireland).

I’m currently rereading A Moment of Time as part of my work on the sequel, so I thought this would be a good time to share some images of the Shannon Pot for those of you who haven’t been there.

Here are a couple of short videos I found on youtube (i.e., I didn’t create these!)

The audio volume of this first one is very low, but it’s a nice (and brief!) shot of the Pot. Here is the description:

The Shannon Pot in Co. Cavan is said to be the traditional source of the River Shannon, although the Shannon is now known to have come from several sources. The Shannon is named after Sionnan, who was the granddaughter of Manannan Mac Lir, or God of the Sea. She came to this spot to eat the fruit of the forbidden, or the Tree of Knowledge, which was planted by the Druids. As she began to eat it, the waters of the pool sprang up and overwhelmed her, drawing her down into it to flow out later across the land, thus the River Shannon sprung up.


The first two minutes of this one are nice:

The rest of the video describes a dye test to determine if the Shannon Pot really is the source of the Shannon River (using green dye of course!).

The conclusion was that Pigeon Pot is the true source. Well, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, now does it?

Stay tuned for more on the sequel in the coming months!



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3 comments on “A virtual visit to the Shannon Pot
  1. Judith Poorbaugh says:

    Very cool. Thank you so much.

  2. I’m so glad there’s going to be a sequel! Nice shot of the river’s start. 😉

  3. A sequel was always part of the plan, but these books are so packed with information – they take a long time to write!

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