Grá mo Chroí, ‘Love of my Heart’, Love Stories from Irish Myth

 

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Long ago in a green island surrounded by protective mists, a people lived among the relics of a bygone age of which they knew nothing, not being archaeologists, but around whom they created a mythology. They were a volatile people, easily moved to love or war, and motivated by a strict sense of honour. They had women warriors and handsome lovers, wicked queens and cruel kings, precious heroines and flawed heroes. Magic was in the air, beneath the ground, and in the waves of the sea, and hyperbole was the stuff of stories. They were the Irish, and these are a few retellings of some of their beautiful stories.

This is a collection of love stories I have collaborated on with author Jane Dougherty, and includes our versions of the following lovely tales;

The Tragedy of Bailé and Aillinn

By Jane Dougherty
Based on the Bailé Binnbérlach mac Buain, Bailé of the Beautiful Voice, Son of Buain, from the Historical Cycle of Irish Mythology

Grainne’s Lament

By Ali Isaac
Based on the Tóraigheacht Dhiarmada agus Ghráinne, the Pursuit of Diarmuid and Gráinne, from the Fenian Cycle of Irish Mythology

The Blindness of Emer

By Jane Dougherty
Based on the Tochmarc Emire, The Wooing of Emer, from the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology

Sanctuary for Sadbh

By Ali Isaac
Based on a story from the Fiannaidheacht, the Fenian Cycle of Irish Mythology

Deirdre Wishes for Death

By Jane Dougherty
Based on the story Deirdre of the Sorrows, from the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology

Cliodhna’s Wave

By Ali Isaac
Based on a story from Ireland’s Mythological Cycle

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