No, not the actress. What she’s named for.
“Of all the treasures a person can possess, she says, the most valuable is saoirse [pronounced sear-sha “like inertia”], the Gaelic word for freedom.”
Andrew Nikiforuk, interviewing Biologist Diana Beresford-Kroeger
“Saoirse, an ancient concept, comes from the original Brehon laws of the Celtic world before the time of Christ.
In those days the idea of freedom could not be separated from the community or nature, because it was embedded in the medicine, language and culture of the Celts whose ancient ways influenced people all the way to Russia and Central Asia.”
“You never come out [of the forest] with tension in your heart. You come out feeling liberated. And again, there is that word, saoirse. You feel and come out of the forest with saoirse, liberty in your soul.”
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