Even within the mythological frame, the heroic exchange between the warrior Cuchulain
and King Conchubar is turned towards failure rather than success.
But distraught mum-ofthree Lisa, 26, and Cuchulain
, 23, now believe they pose a deadly danger.
Augusta Gregory, Cuchulain
of Muirthemne (London: J.
Then there was Cuchulain
, the Hound of Ulster, and Finn: all those Irish heroes.
This week the teams must sell a video conferencing system, but let's admit it - what you're really thinking about as you watch Platinum and CuChulain
flail about is what would happen if you could combine Ger's brows and Aoiffe's eyeballs on the same face.
These include Land of Heart's Desire, The Shadowy Waters, Deirdre, The Dreaming of the Bones, Wheels and Butterflies, Purgatory, and "The Cuchulain
must be boiled in the huge vat of a bath to drain the rage out of him and make him fit for society again.
is 'ours', because his people fought to defend Ulster; and so also is the Sinn Fein title because 'it is we, the Protestant people who have always stood alone' (p.
Numbers are deceiving, of course, since one story from the Cuchulain
cycle can take up many more pages than four fables from Aesop, but perhaps absence speaks more clearly than presence.
Sonnet The clouds are red behind us and before, The Morrigan (29) is passing through the land With such a torch of battle in her hand And such a stare of horror as she wore When to Cuchulain
(30) dauntless knight of yore, She came in all her wrath, beside the strand Of that ill river; in such case we stand In this great darkened world afflicted sore.
Particularly important in Yeats's early poetry are the mythical masks, borrowed from Celtic lore, such as fairies, elves, and druids, or from the Irish mythological sagas, such as Oisin and Cuchulain
Though the saga focuses on the heroic deeds of youthful Cuchulain
and his defense of Ulster against the advancing army of Connacht led by the licentious queen Medb and the ensuing battle in which the men of Ulster routed the Connacht forces, the whole story turning upon the capture of the cattle and the great bull of Cooley as the immediate cause of the conflict, establishes an intertextal link with O'Brien's Western.