3The meaning of the term “places of power” can change according to the context and the communication intended. The term has even proven useful to agencies considering the cultural value, and potential landmark status, of sites in the United States. According to individuals involved in such deliberations, a good source for a discussion of the animistic beliefs underlying the term would be Malinowski, Bronislaw, and Robert Redfield. Magic, Science and Religion: and Other Essays. Boston: Beacon, 1948. A website promoting a series of books dealing with specific “Places of Power” in different countries, including Ireland, can be found here.