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9780571175185

Over Nine Waves A Book of Irish Legends

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  • ISBN13:

    9780571175185

  • ISBN10:

    057117518X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1995-07-13
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Summary

'These legends are the action-packed stories - of ancient heroes, huge battles, attempted invasions, prophecies and spells, clashes between the underworld and the real world, abductions, love affairs and feasts - which have fascinated the Irish mind for more than 2,000 years . . . Most of them have an extraordinary, stark narrative sweep, with a marvellous sense of detail . . . Heaney writes directly and fluently . . . with great tact and skill.' Sunday Times

Author Biography

Marie Heaney was born in County Tyrone. She trained as a teacher in Belfast and began her career in schools in Northern Ireland. Married with three children, she now lives in Dublin where she works as a freelance writer, contributing to newspapers and to programmes on both RTE and BBC.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Over Nine Waves: The Mythological Cycle
The Tuatha De Danaanp. 3
Midir and Etainp. 22
The Children of Lirp. 37
Over Nine Waves: the Milesians Come to Irelandp. 50
The Voyage of Branp. 56
Fame Outlives Life: The Ulster Cycle
The Weakness of the Ulstermenp. 65
The Birth of Cuchulainnp. 69
The Boyhood Deeds of Cuchulainnp. 73
Culann's Hound: Cuchulainn Gets His Namep. 76
Cuchulainn Takes Up Armsp. 80
The Wooing of Emerp. 90
Bricriu's Feastp. 99
The Death of Connlap. 113
Deirdre of the Sorrowsp. 117
Cuchulainn and Ferdia's Fight at the Fordp. 126
The Death of Cuchulainnp. 141
The Music of What Happened: The Finn Cycle
The Boyhood Deeds of Finnp. 155
Finn Joins the Fianna and Becomes Its Captainp. 164
The Birth of Finn's Houndsp. 171
The Enchanted Deer: the Birth of Oisinp. 175
The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainnep. 180
Oisin in the Land of Youthp. 214
Three Saints One Grave Do Fill: The Patron Saints of Ireland
Saint Patrickp. 225
Saint Brigidp. 230
Saint Columcillep. 236
Pronunciation Guidep. 243
Bibliographyp. 250
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