Quick Overview of Irish Religion


The Tuatha Dé Danaan

The Second Battle of Mag Tured
The Landing of the Gael
Amairgin's "The Mystery": Ireland's First Poem
The Battle of Tailltin
Bodb Dearg
The Dagda
Angus Og

The Fennian Cycle

Cormac Mac Art in the Land of Sidhe
The Birth of Finn mac Cumhal
The Birth of Oisin
Oisin and Niam
The Fate of the Children of Lir
The Wooing of Etain

The Ulster Cycle

Táin Bó Cúalnge (The Cattle-Raid of Cooley) from the Book of Leinster
The Táin: Quarrel of the Pig-keepers
The Boyhood Deeds of Cu Chulainn
Bricriu's Feast
The Pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne

Later Traditions

The Voyage of Bran mac Febal
Sixth Century Poem of Brehon Law
Ten Levels of Brehon Marriage
The Statutes of Kilkenny (1367)
Peter Beresford Ellis on the Toscad
Anonymous Poem: "Oisin"
Images of Pre-Christian Ireland

Web Resources

Brehon Law (Part of Social History of Ancient Ireland)
The Brehon Law Project: Law, Literature and Legend

Recommended Reading

Bradshaw, Bendan and Keogh, Daire. Christianity in Ireland: Revisiting the Story (Columba, 2003)
Ellis, Peter Beresford. The Druids (Eerdmans, 1998)
________________. Dictionary of Irish Mythology (ABC-Clio, 1989)
Green, Miranda. Celtic Goddesses: Warriors, Virgins and Mothers (George Braziller, 1996)
Power, Patrick C. Sex and Marriage in Ancient Ireland (Dufour, 1976)
Rogers, Nicholas. Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Oxford, 2002)

These stories are adapted from public domain sources.

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