Friday, July 01, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Cailte

Cailte, son of Ronan, was a Fenian warrior and poet, and a cousin of Finn MacCool, leader of the Fianna, the warrior bodyguard of the High King of Ireland. Cailte, though exceptionally thin, was a formidable fighter and is credited with killing Lir, the sea god who was the father of Manannan Mac Lir. But it was as a poet that he was most admired, and his most famous audience was St Patrick. Possibly after returning from an otherworld, Cailte was said to have travelled through recounting to the saint the legends of the hills, woods and lakes that they encountered, and also the great exploits and battles of the Fianna.


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