Irish Literature Abridged

Irish Literature was translated by Monks (hence the Christian flavor of the stories.)  Celtic literature in Ireland runs in cycles.  The first cycle is the Book of Invasion.  The Book of Invasion is about the five invasions of Ireland, the two wars between the last two and invaders and the final conquest by the Sons of Mil who were considered the Celts.  It moves on the Ulster Cycle which is most famous by the Irish Hero Cuchulain.  It ends with the Ossianic Cycle which is mostly revolve around Finn mac Cumhal and tales of the faeries.  There is also a section on Christian Manuscripts/ Medieval Poetry.  Most Celtic Christianity manuscripts are Biblical in nature or rehashing of original Celtic myths with beautiful Illuminations.

Book of Invasion
  • The Second Battle of Mag Tured (Moytura)
  • CATH MAIGE TUIRED The Second Battle of Mag Tuired (Translated by Elizabeth A. Gray)
  • The Conquest of the Sons of Mil.
  • Tuatha De Danann (See also Dieties)
  • Tuatha De Danaan Family Tree
  • The Milesian Legends.
The Ulster/Ultonian Cycle
  • Bricriu's Feast
  • The Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulainn
  • The Cattle Raid of Cooley
  • The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge)  (from "The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" (1914) by Joseph Dunn, London: David Nutt. )
  • Cuchulain of Muirthemne The Story of the Men of the Red Branch (arranged and put into English by Lady Augusta Gregory with a preface by W. B. Yeats [1902])
  • The Quarrel of the Two Pig keepers, and how the Bulls were Begotten 
  • Story of Mac Dathó's Pig
The Fenian/Ossianic Cycle
  • The Fenian Cycle
Christian Manuscripts/ Medieval Poetry/ General
  • Carmina Gadelica
  • Irish Script on Screen 
  • Medieval Irish Poetry
  • Lebor Gabala Erren (The Book of Leinster)
  • Lindisfarne Gospels (See also Art work from the Book Lindisfarne
Full Texts Books
  • Gods and Fighting Men  (Lady Augusta Gregory)
  • Heroic Romances of Ireland By A. H.Leahy
  • Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland (Collected and Arranged by Lady Augusta Gregory with Two Essays and Notes by W.B. Yeats) 
Irish Mythology Sites
  • Irish Legends
  • Cuchulainn
  • Megalithica
  • The Mythological Cycles
  • Mythical Ireland
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