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IRISH
MYTHOLOGY
"Every field of Ireland contains a story, and every
mountain corresponds to a legend. For legends,
just fo...
Frank Delaney
William Butler Yeats
Last Poems
The Last Storyteller
CAPE CLEAR INTERNATIONAL
STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
The Irish mythology is the oldest to have
been written in the language of the
people. The many Irish legends are the
resul...
Saint Brendan
Legend tells of a group of monks who,
after sailing for seven years doing all
sorts of meetings in order to ...
Finn MacCool
The warrior Finn MacCool is the most
famous commander of the Fianna,
companies of mighty and valor men
who de...
Tàin Bó Cuailnge
The story tells of the war between the branches of Ulster and Connaught. A
cause it was Queen Maeve of Co...
Chlann Lir
One of the saddest stories of the Irish tradition
tells of King Lir.
He was so fond of her four children to do ...
Daoine Maithe
This is the name by which Ireland will
indicate collectively the members of
Good People (the Little People) ...
Bestiary
• Banshee
• Bo men
• Clurichaun
• Daoine Sidhe
• Dukko
• Dullahan
• Each-Uisge
• Elves
• Far Darrig
• Far Gorta
•...
Banshee
In Irish Bean Sidhe, or Tattooed Woman (far
shee, male).
Generally good in contrast to the usual solitary
elves.
P...
Bo men
Goblins who live in the
swamps of County Down.
torture with dangerous
games the reckless who
venture there.
May dis...
Clurichaun
In Irish Clobhair-cean.
Elf plump, ruddy-faced,
with a flashy belly and
nose spotty. It’s 30 cm
high and always...
Daoine Sidhe
Name of the Tuatha De
Danann when the Milanese
led them underground
below the fairy hill
Knockma.
Their king ...
Dukko
Elf 50 cm high, slender,
well-proportioned and skin
whitish.
His manner sliced hide a
restless soul.
Returns what hi...
Dullahan
Goblin gruesome, often is
seen leading a black coach
named coach-a-bower
pulled by headless horses.
Comes roaring...
Each-Uisge
They are creatures similar to the Kelpie, but
much more dangerous.
They dwell in lakes and seas, and devour the...
Elves
Entities of human appearance intermediate between
gods and men.
The elves are both creatures beautiful and good but
...
Far Darrig
The Far Darrig is an
evil goblin with red
leather who loves
chairing the
nightmares of men
during the hours of
...
Far Gorta
Slender elf begging in the
countryside, and he brings
good luck to those who
are generous with him.
Fairy
Supernatural creatures with magical power, can
change and do change appearance to others. Attend
all natural places
...
Goblins
Generally have black blood and
red eyes gleaming at night. They
are playful and often ruthless
and mischievous.
Th...
Formorians
They are marine
creatures. In the remote
past they live on the
earth, but the Tuatha de
Danaan exiled them into...
Gancanagh
Goblin similar to
Leprechaun, but, unlike
the latter, is a slacker.
Always has a pipe in his
mouth.
He spends mo...
Grogach
He has the size of a small
child. Usually walks naked.
Wide shoulders, hairy and
flexible body (he don’t
It 'very
...
Leahhaunnshee
Beautiful female spirit
who wanders in search
of the love of men.
Who yields to her
effusions become her
sla...
Leprechaun
It’s the most popular goblin of Ireland and also the
character symbol, also known as Leith Bhrogan. For
him man...
Lunantishee
The Lunantishee are a tribe of Little
People that protects plum.
Their job is to not allow even one
branch of ...
Lurikeen
Tiny creature that many
consider a Cluricauno
wandering in search of his
paradise lost.
For others it is a
descen...
Pooka
He is halfway between a
creature and a spectral
character from a story.
Crazy and cheerful, but
often invents jokes
...
Sheoques
The real Sheoques are
the spirits that haunt the
sacred bushes of
Sometimes some person is
hurt by them, but in t...
Sluag
A horde of evil spirits
flying in flocks like birds.
According to the Irish
legends are the souls of
sinners who see...
Spriggan
Dreary, ugly and
grotesque, they are small
but can swell very much.
They are the guardians of
the treasures of th...
Voghee Lyno
30 cm high, is cute in
appearance and almost
completely bald. Body dry
with a little paunch. Stroll
along the ...
Tir Na Nog
Land of eternal youth, an enchanted
island in the far west of the world.
Fear Gortac
Féar den chaillteanas
The Fear Gortac is
a magic herb that
causes an
unbearable
hunger in those
who tramples.
...
Tuatha De Danaan
They are the fifth of the
six prehistoric peoples
who invaded and colonized
Ireland before the Gaels.
It’...
Ulster
Connaught
Cape Clear
Glossary
Druids:
priests among the Celts of Gaul and the British Isles
Tain:
word that connotes an epic poem
Bestiary:
In ...
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  1. 1. IRISH MYTHOLOGY "Every field of Ireland contains a story, and every mountain corresponds to a legend. For legends, just follow the current of a river - and soon you will understand why the narrative is the form of artistic expression national in Ireland ... " Nicoletta Evangelista & Fiamma
  2. 2. Frank Delaney William Butler Yeats Last Poems The Last Storyteller
  3. 3. CAPE CLEAR INTERNATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
  4. 4. The Irish mythology is the oldest to have been written in the language of the people. The many Irish legends are the result of ancient folk traditions rather than myths and superstitions. Some stories appear in written form starting from the VII century, but many date back well over 2,000 years ago, when the Druids handed down orally from generation to generation.
  5. 5. Saint Brendan Legend tells of a group of monks who, after sailing for seven years doing all sorts of meetings in order to test their faith, they found the Promised Land. The story is in fact a Christian revision of Celtic tales about the afterlife.
  6. 6. Finn MacCool The warrior Finn MacCool is the most famous commander of the Fianna, companies of mighty and valor men who defended Ireland from enemy invasions. Finn was not only strong and bold, but also seer, and acquired great wisdom putting his thumb in his mouth and sucking it.
  7. 7. Tàin Bó Cuailnge The story tells of the war between the branches of Ulster and Connaught. A cause it was Queen Maeve of Connaught who left her husband, king of Ulster, and married Eochaid, king of Connaught, and then fall in love with the young nephew of the latter, Aillil, who killed his uncle came to the throne at the side of the Queen .
  8. 8. Chlann Lir One of the saddest stories of the Irish tradition tells of King Lir. He was so fond of her four children to do their stepmother mad with jealousy and she transform them into swans. Children of Lir sculpture, Ballycastle Today, in Ireland, it’s still illegal to kill a swan.
  9. 9. Daoine Maithe This is the name by which Ireland will indicate collectively the members of Good People (the Little People) and that includes mainly Goblins and Fairies.
  10. 10. Bestiary • Banshee • Bo men • Clurichaun • Daoine Sidhe • Dukko • Dullahan • Each-Uisge • Elves • Far Darrig • Far Gorta • Fairy • Goblins • Gancanagh • Grogach • Leahhaunnshee • Leprechaun • Lunantishee • Lurikeen • Pooka • Sheoques • Sluag • Spriggan • Voghee Lyno • Formorians
  11. 11. Banshee In Irish Bean Sidhe, or Tattooed Woman (far shee, male). Generally good in contrast to the usual solitary elves. Perhaps she’s an elves become lonely for the pain suffered.She emits wailing at the death of a member of some ancient Irish family. If they are cries of triumph may be the ghost of a person who has
  12. 12. Bo men Goblins who live in the swamps of County Down. torture with dangerous games the reckless who venture there. May distance hitting in the face with a particular quality of seaweed.
  13. 13. Clurichaun In Irish Clobhair-cean. Elf plump, ruddy-faced, with a flashy belly and nose spotty. It’s 30 cm high and always has the blank stare. Very touchy. Has revealed the secret of fabrication of whiskey for the hospitality
  14. 14. Daoine Sidhe Name of the Tuatha De Danann when the Milanese led them underground below the fairy hill Knockma. Their king was Finvarra. No mortal has yet managed to beat Finvarra in a chess game. Often he kidnaps human
  15. 15. Dukko Elf 50 cm high, slender, well-proportioned and skin whitish. His manner sliced hide a restless soul. Returns what his archenemy, the Voghee Lyno , steals, stealing from him.
  16. 16. Dullahan Goblin gruesome, often is seen leading a black coach named coach-a-bower pulled by headless horses. Comes roaring at your door, and if you open it a basin of blood will be thrown on your face. It is a harbinger of death.
  17. 17. Each-Uisge They are creatures similar to the Kelpie, but much more dangerous. They dwell in lakes and seas, and devour their victims after having broken into pieces, except for the liver that leave.
  18. 18. Elves Entities of human appearance intermediate between gods and men. The elves are both creatures beautiful and good but also bad and grotesque. The sidhe (the people magic and blond of Celtic tradition) are what remains of the Tuatha De Danaan, the ancient gods of Ireland. According to the myth they were taller and more beautiful than human. Normally they are
  19. 19. Far Darrig The Far Darrig is an evil goblin with red leather who loves chairing the nightmares of men during the hours of sleep.
  20. 20. Far Gorta Slender elf begging in the countryside, and he brings good luck to those who are generous with him.
  21. 21. Fairy Supernatural creatures with magical power, can change and do change appearance to others. Attend all natural places They are always ready to rush to the aid of the innocent persecuted. They can also be malignant and vindictive. As Gnomes and Elves, they also guard incredible riches. The iconography of the fairytale wants winged and graceful, but there
  22. 22. Goblins Generally have black blood and red eyes gleaming at night. They are playful and often ruthless and mischievous. They don’t have magical powers but know the arcane arts. They are friends of animal
  23. 23. Formorians They are marine creatures. In the remote past they live on the earth, but the Tuatha de Danaan exiled them into the sea. Their attack ships
  24. 24. Gancanagh Goblin similar to Leprechaun, but, unlike the latter, is a slacker. Always has a pipe in his mouth. He spends most of his time in company of
  25. 25. Grogach He has the size of a small child. Usually walks naked. Wide shoulders, hairy and flexible body (he don’t It 'very obliging with humans in housewo rk and care of the fields.
  26. 26. Leahhaunnshee Beautiful female spirit who wanders in search of the love of men. Who yields to her effusions become her slave, but rejecting her is herself to become a slave of love. Let go to her courtship is very dangerous, her lovers wither because she feeds their lifeblood, and
  27. 27. Leprechaun It’s the most popular goblin of Ireland and also the character symbol, also known as Leith Bhrogan. For him many leaves a glass of milk on the window sill. His portrait is in all the shops and stores, and it’s his mask to open in the St. Patrick's Day parades. It’s a shoemaker and when he don’t working is dedicated only to make jokes.Keeps many pots full of gold, which moves continuously. To find them you have to find the beginning of the rainbow.
  28. 28. Lunantishee The Lunantishee are a tribe of Little People that protects plum. Their job is to not allow even one branch of these trees to be cut on the day of May 11 or 11 November. Anyone who cuts a branch of a bush in one of these days will attract bad luck.
  29. 29. Lurikeen Tiny creature that many consider a Cluricauno wandering in search of his paradise lost. For others it is a descendant of the ancient bards that once
  30. 30. Pooka He is halfway between a creature and a spectral character from a story. Crazy and cheerful, but often invents jokes terrible, ripping the heads to play with a ball, running across markets and kicking young women,
  31. 31. Sheoques The real Sheoques are the spirits that haunt the sacred bushes of Sometimes some person is hurt by them, but in these cases the victims were almost always deserved. It is said that many men are left prime and who ended up in their dark world. Many more are those who have listened to their fairy music until every interest and joy has left their hearts becoming great seers or healers or musicians or poets; or died after a year and a
  32. 32. Sluag A horde of evil spirits flying in flocks like birds. According to the Irish legends are the souls of sinners who seek to take away with them other souls. Come flying from the west, and therefore, when someone is about to die, you have to close the windows of the western side of the house; in this
  33. 33. Spriggan Dreary, ugly and grotesque, they are small but can swell very much. They are the guardians of the treasures of the hills. They are evil: rob and kidnap the children of humans, replacing them
  34. 34. Voghee Lyno 30 cm high, is cute in appearance and almost completely bald. Body dry with a little paunch. Stroll along the streets drunk always in company and its appearance is always very nice. It is the archenemy of D He affects the rocks and he knows how to write. Spends his days to borrow pots of gold to other goblins, and then he don’t return them, and flee from the
  35. 35. Tir Na Nog Land of eternal youth, an enchanted island in the far west of the world.
  36. 36. Fear Gortac Féar den chaillteanas The Fear Gortac is a magic herb that causes an unbearable hunger in those who tramples. It can be fatal. Who tramples it begins to roam the countryside and woods completely losing orientation.
  37. 37. Tuatha De Danaan They are the fifth of the six prehistoric peoples who invaded and colonized Ireland before the Gaels. It’s believed that they are the gods worshiped by the Gaels.
  38. 38. Ulster Connaught Cape Clear
  39. 39. Glossary Druids: priests among the Celts of Gaul and the British Isles Tain: word that connotes an epic poem Bestiary: In the Middle Ages it was a particular category of books, which collected brief descriptions of creatures (real and imaginary), accompanied by explanations moralizing

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