Join us in Crossmaglen library to hear local man, Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, tell the story of the great warrior Cú Chulainn. The story of Cú Chulainn dates back to the 7th century AD, but still dominates the mythological and imaginative landscape of Ireland. The tale has been handed down from generation to generation for centuries, first orally and then written down in Irish by dedicated Irish monks.
Laoch na Laochra is the book of that name written by Réamonn, with artwork by Dara Vallely, which was published by Gale Linn in 2015 with support from the Ultach Trust. Cú Chulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero has just been published by national organisation Gael Linn and retells the Cú Chulainn stories in English.
Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna had the following to say about Réamonn’s book:
‘It is a tremendous achievement on the part of Réamonn and Dara. The book is beautifully produced. It captures the spirit of the original Irish. It is terse and pithy on the one hand and expansive enough elsewhere to portray the full grandure of these epics.’
The mythological narrative tells the story of Cú Chulainn; from his origins and when he first slew Culann’s beloved hound in self defence and then agreed to be the replacement guard hound by way of recompense – to his death by Lughai’s spear. During his short but heroic life magic, romance, betrayal and violence mark every twist and turn in the epic story of the Táin, the Cattle Raid of Cooley, as Cú Chulainn defends Ulster against the entire invading army of Queen Meabh of Connaught on the Ulster borderlands.
Réamonn will have signed copies of the book for sale on the night.
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