However, when I tried to translate the seemingly simple “Go to Hell” I discovered that there was no word for “Hell” in Ancient Ireland! Iron Age Celts knew of Mag Mell (the "Delightful Plain" similar to the Roman Elysium Fields), Tir inna n-Óc (Land of Youth) and Tir Tairngire (Land of Promise). There are also vague references to the Otherworld in Celtic literature, but this seems more a place where the aes sidhe, deities and ancestors live as opposed to an after-life. So basically, until Christianity came ashore in Ireland, the Celts had no word for Hell. Makes you wonder, eh!
I’ll close this blog with a quote from the best comedian Ireland ever produced, Dave Allen, “The terrible thing about dying over there [Ireland] is you miss your own wake. It's the best day of your life. You've paid for everything and you can't join in. Mind you, if you did you'd be drinking on your own.”