The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

The Ancient Irish Goddess of War

W. M. Hennessey

The substance of this paper was read before the Royal Irish Academy on the 25th of January, 1869. It was very influential in establishing the interpretation of The Morrígan as being the goddess of war. The Morrígan (“terror” or “phantom queen”) or Mórrígan (“great queen”) (aka Morrígu, Morríghan, Mor-Ríoghain) is a figure from Irish mythology who appears to have once been a goddess, although she is not explicitly…

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The Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

John M. Synge

This is a book relating the author’s experiences when he visited the Aran Islands (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Óirr) several times on the suggestion of William Butler Yeats.

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Beside The Fire

Beside The Fire

Douglas Hyde

A collection Of 15 Irish Gaelic Folk Stories. From the Preface: ‘IRISH and Scotch Gaelic folk-stories are, as a living form of literature, by this time pretty nearly a thing of the past. They have been trampled in the common ruin under the feet of the Zeitgeist, happily not before a large harvest has been reaped in Scotland, but, unfortunately, before anything worth mentioning has been done in Ireland to gather…

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A Book Of Folk-Lore

A Book Of Folk-Lore

Sabine Baring-Gould

From the Preliminary: ‘In some instances we can trace scraps of folklore back to whence they came. In the legends of several of the Irish saints we have them represented as floating over the sea on leaves. The idea is so odd and so preposterous–as there are in Ireland no leaves of any size that could be serviceable–that we are constrained to look back and see whether this be not an adaptation of a much…

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A Book Of Saints And Wonders

A Book Of Saints And Wonders

Lady Gregory

Published in 1906, this book contains the doings and lives of Saints Brigit, Columcille, Patrick, and Brendan the Navigator (who voyaged to the promised land). The last two chapters are more mythical, one dealing with the fabulous voyage of Maeldune and the other, called `Great Wonders of the Old Time’.

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The Candle of Vision

The Candle of Vision

George William Russell

A set of transcendent essays on Celtic mysticism, describing Russells’ luminous excursions into the otherworld, including clairvoyant and prophetic visions, precognition of Gnostic concepts, past-life and astral journeys, and, always, heightened awareness of the beauty that pervades mundane reality. Russell describes encounters with what today we would call UFOs, and attempts to construct a private…

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The Cattle-Raid of Cooley

The Cattle-Raid of Cooley

Joseph Dunn

The Cattle Raid of Cooley or is a legendary epic tale from early Irish literature. It tells of a war against Ulster by the Connacht queen Medb and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the teenage Ulster hero Cú Chulainn. Traditionally set in the 1st century AD in the pre-Christian heroic age, the Táin is the central text of a group of tales known as the Ulster Cycle.

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The Cattle Raid of Cualnge

The Cattle Raid of Cualnge

L. Winifred Faraday

One of the masterpieces of Irish literature, this is a translation of a story cycle which lies at the core of the saga of Cuchulainn, the son of the God Lug and the daughter of the king of Ulster. Cuchulainn had the strength of Hercules, but was slow in gaining control over his powers, which turned him into a monster, leaving a trail of mayhem in his wake. At the age of seventeen, still beardless…

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Celtic Fairy Tales

Celtic Fairy Tales

Joseph Jacobs

This is a collection of 26 fairy tales. Stories include: Connla and the Fairy Maiden; Guleesh; The Field of Boliauns; The Horned Women; Conall Yellowclaw; Hudden and Dudden and Donald O’Neary; The Shepherd of Myddvai; The Sprightly Tailor; The Story of Deidre; Munachar and Manachar; Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree; King O’Toole and His Goose; The Wooing of Olwen; Jack and His Comrades; The Shee an Gannon…

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Celtic Wonder Tales

Celtic Wonder Tales

Ella Young

An enchanting compilation of 14 folk stories of Celtic magic and legend. Chapters include; The Earth-Shapers; The Spear of Victory; A Good Action; How the Son of The Gobhaun Saor Sold the Sheepskin; How the Son of The Gobhaun Saor Shortened the Road; The Cow of Plenty; The Coming of Lugh; The Eric-Fine of Lugh; The Great Battle; Inisfail; The Golden Fly; The Children of Lir; The Luck-Child; and, Conary Mor.

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The Crock of Gold

The Crock of Gold

James Stephens

A mixture of philosophy, Irish folklore and the “battle of the sexes”, The Crock of Gold consists of six books, Book 1 – The Coming of Pan, Book 2 – The Philosophers Journey, Book 3 – The Two Gods, Book 4 – The Philosophers Return, Book 5 – The Policemen, Book 6 – The Thin Woman’s Journey, that all rotate around a philosopher and his quest to find the most beautiful woman in the world…

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Cuchulain of Muirthemne

Cuchulain of Muirthemne

Lady Gregory

This is Lady Gregory’s collation of the Cuchulain cycle. Cuchulain was a mighty warrior, ‘the Hound of Ulster’, the hero of ‘the Red Branch’, a band of elite fighters of ancient Ireland. Cuchulain is the subject of numerous tales set in pre-Christian Ireland, including the pivotal ‘War for the Bull of Cuailgne’. The mythological and supernatural elements are tightly interwoven in this saga, including the…

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The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel

The Destruction of Dá Derga's Hostel

Whitely Stokes

Togail Bruidne Dá Derga (The Destruction of Da Derga’s Hostel) is an Irish tale belonging to the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. It survives in three Old and Middle Irish recensions. It recounts the birth, life, and death of Conaire Mór son of Eterscél Mór, a legendary High King of Ireland, who is killed at Da Derga’s hostel by his…

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The Druid Path

The Druid Path

Marah Ellis Ryan

Not so much about druids at all really; rather a collection of short stories, bringing to life the warriors and the heroes of ancient and modern Ireland.

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