Irish Myths and Legends
University of Limerick
Area of Study
Irish Culture, Literature
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Ireland is famous for its myths and legends, stories of mythical creatures including leprechauns and banshees, and ancient tales of heroes and warriors. The earliest Irish literatures describe legendary figures on heroic quests and adventures. The Tuatha Dé Danann (the peoples of the Goddess Danu), Balor of the Evil Eye, the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley), the warrior Queen Meabh, Finn Mac Cumhaill and The Fianna are among the characters and events populating the ancient landscapes of Irish myth and legend. These tales were drawn upon to establish the foundations and influence the evolutions of Irish identity, and they continue to shape Ireland?s cultural, political, and literary movements today. Using a range of well-known stories, children?s literature, films and media, we will consider the enduring importance of Irish myth and legend, and the persistence of these themes in contemporary society. Students will gain a knowledge of the importance of mythology and will be able to appreciate Ireland?s literary and cultural history more fully.
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