Battle of Gabhra 284AD -The end of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna

In 284 AD, the mighty band of warriors known as the Fianna and led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, were decimated and destroyed in the Battle of Gabhra. So brought to an end an epic period in Irish Mythology, as this once mighty army band had reigned supreme over Ireland. There were leaders before Fionn, including…

Aideen’s tomb, Howth, Co. Dublin

One of the most spectacular megalithic portal tombs in Ireland is located on a leafy hillside on the rocky slopes of picturesque Howth, Co. Dublin. The tomb, known as Aideen's grave, dates from 5000 years ago. However, in Irish mythology the tomb is reputed to have been built some 3,000 years later, as a burial…

Tara, Co. Meath – The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne

The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne is a tale set nearly two thousand years ago. It weaves together some of the most famous characters of Irish Mythology, the central characters being Diarmuid, Graine and the legendary Fionn Mac Cumhaill. Grainne, was the daughter of the High King of Ireland, Cormac Mac Airt . She resided…

Inishglora Island, Erris -Breaking the curse of the children of Lir

The legend of the Children of Lir revolves around the bitter jealousy of one woman towards her lover's children. The four children of King Lir were turned into swans by their evil stepmother Aoife at Lough Derravaragh Co. Westmeath. Driven by her jealousy, she cursed the innocent children to spend 300 years as swans on Lough…

Carnawaddy, Co. Down – resting place of Fionn Mac Cumhaill’s dog Bran #InThisPlace

Stories abound in Ireland about the legendary Irish warrior, Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his escapades throughout many parts of Ireland during the third century. Fionn and his army, the Fianna, fought battle after battle (Battle of Ventry) with invader, marauder and dragon until Fionn's death in 283 AD.Throughout this time, Fionn had two loyal dogs,…