Legendary Ireland: Myths and Legends of Ireland

Legendary Ireland: Myths and Legends of Ireland


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This beautiful book visits twenty-eight richly atmospheric sites and tells the mythological stories associated with them.

Woven into these landscapes are tales of love and betrayal, greed and courage, passion and revenge, featuring the famous characters of Celtic lore, such as Cú Chulainn, the children of Lír and Queen Maeve.

The historical and archaeological facts and the folk traditions of each ancient site are explored. Some are famous, such as Tara and Newgrange; others are less well known but equally captivating such as the Béara Peninsula in Cork.

In a world where many have lost touch with the land and their past, the legendary Irish landscape still survives and the stories are never quite over as long as there are people to tell them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847179272
Publisher: Irish American Book Company
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 950,603
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eithne Masseyhas written many books for both adults and children, mainly based on the legends of Ireland. Her adaptation of the award-winning movie The Secret of Kells is set in the time of the early Viking raids; The Silver Stag of Bunratty and Where the Stones Sing are set in Norman Ireland and Blood Brother, Swan Sister at the time of the Battle of Clontarf. All blend together historical detail with myths, legends and folklore, resulting in stories which will appeal to “young readers who enjoy an adventure with well-rounded characters and a touch of magic and history” ( www.childrensbooksireland.ie).

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Place Legend


Howth Head, Dublin: Becuma of the Fair Skin 21

Adree, Louth: The Fight at the Ford Ardee 33

Cooley, Louth: The Battle of the Bulls 43

Tara, Meath: The Magic Branch 51

Newgrange and the Boyne Valley, Meath: The Revenge of Sin 61

Hill of Uisneach, Westmeath: Fintan the Seer 73

Glencree, Wicklow: Da Dearga's Hostel 79

St Mullins, Carlow: The Death of Suihhne 90


Lough Muskry, Tipperary: The Vision of Aonghus 102

Slievenamon Tipperary: The Birth of Oisin 109

Béara Peninsula, Cork: The Hag of Béara 118

Killarney, Kerry: The Return of Oisín 126

Caherconree, Kerry: The Death of Cú Roí 135

Knockainey, Limerick: Aine of Knockainey 145

Doonbeg Clare: Donn, Lord of the Red Palace 152


Dún Aonghusa, The Aran Islands, Galway The Last of the Fir Bolg 162

Lough Corrih, Galway Manannán and the Crane Bag 169

Inis Glora Erris Peninsula, Mayo: The Children of Lir 175

Rathcroghan, Roscommon: Pillow Talk: The Beginning of the Táin Bó Cuaílgne 185

Ardagh Hill, Longford The Finding of Etaín 195

Keshcorann Caves, Sligo The Hags of Winter 206

Ben Bulben, Sligo The Story of Diarmaid and Gráinne 213


Grianán of Aileach, Donegal: The Gods of the Hill 226

Tory Island, Donegal: The Birth of Lugh 232

Lough Neagh, Tyrone Lí Ban the Mermaid 241

Ballycastle, Antrim: The Tragedy of Deirdre 249

Giant's Causeway, Antrim: Fionn's Visitor 258

Emain Macha, Armagh Macha's Curse 265

Time Chart 275

Glossary of Main Characters Mentioned in the Text 277

Glossary of Archaeological Terms Used in the Text 289

Map of Sites 293

Direction Key 295

Bibliography 300

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