These birds were most often associated with the Crone aspects of the Goddess. The word “cailleach” in Irish Gaelic means “owl”. The owl is often a guide to and through the Underworld, a creature of keen sight in darkness, and a silent and swift hunter. It can help unmask those who would deceive you or take advantage of you.
Owls are often seen as symbols of tremendous knowledge and insight, and they may also provide direction. These birds may serve as a warning of a threat that is surmountable, as well as a portent of prosperity or positive change. In certain societies, owls are believed to be divine messengers or even to act as intermediaries between this world and the next.
The population of this species has been decreasing over the past few decades, and as a result, its home range has shrunk to include just parts of the southwest and the midlands of Ireland. It is estimated that the population of barn owls has decreased by more than fifty percent over the course of the previous quarter century, and the IUCN Red List of Ireland has now included it as a species of concern.
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Kelly Hood - Art with a Heart
Kelly's work is steeped in the natural world and uses natural pigments in a step towards a sustainable art practice. Her work speaks the language and sentiments of Irish farm and country life, engaging the heart and mind and inviting a tactile appreciation.
Having grown up on the rugged Dingle peninsula, Kelly now lives and works in Wicklow with her husband, young son and rescued deerhound.
The Amnesty shop is stocking five of Kelly's beautiful Fine Art prints - see the rest of the collection - Kelly Hood Collection.