I have lead 3 tours to Ireland. I drove one car and John the other...wild driving...left side..and crazy narrow roads with no shoulders...what an amazing place...The monks were the Druids and when they heard the story that blood sacrifice was completed by Christs death...they were thrilled...many of the great Celtic Monks were the main Druids...so they were awesome monks...St. Francis of Assie was taught by these brave men who went through out Europe...teaching love of nature, animals, women and about God. The more authoritarian monks were the Roman Monks who used the Roman way not the Celtic Way.
If you want to read a great book..check out "The Soul of the Celtic Spirituality" click here
Another favorite read is by my friend Cindy Thompson. My husband wrote a book review for her book "Celtic Wisdom" click here.