Draoichláirseoirí An Chinn Bhaile

In Táin Bó Cúailnge, the “sweet-mouth harpers of Cain Bile” are also “druids, men of great cunning and great power of augury and magic.” The come to Medb and Ailill to entertain them, carrying mistletoe by which they sing, but are mistaken as Ulster spies; the harpers turn themselves into deer to escape their pursuers, near the Lia Mór (Great Stone) (Death Of Lethan). Springhill Avenue, Belfast.

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Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney

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