Irish Myths and Legends

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Irish Myths and Legends

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Irish Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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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