Welcome to the Emerald Isle, where we've gathered up a collection of some of the finest and most entertaining stories from Irish myth and legend, old and not so old, for your enjoyment. Along with each story is presented a a map and guides to get there and visit these ancient sites of remarkable history, as well as suggestions about places to stay and knowledgeable tour guides. Below can be found a selection of just a few of these tales of yore, so read on and enjoy the isle of mists, the land of saints and scholars, the Emerald Isle!
The seat of the High Kings of Ireland of old, Tara or Temair as it was known then, is said to have been the seat of a hundred and forty two kings, kingships won by battle, contest and merit, not passe ...[more]
Long ago when the fierce Milesians invaded Ireland and defeated the De Danann after many wars and battles, despite their sorceries and all their courage, skill and sciences, the folk of Danann made fo ...[more]
Bran son of Ferbal was taking the air one fine afternoon when suddenly he heard lilting sweet music behind him. No matter where he turned or how he looked, the music always seemd to be at his back, an ...[more]
It was a fine brisk spring morning in Ireland when Fionn Mac Cumhaill decided to take himself for a stroll along the white sandy beaches of the seashore, the better to breathe the air and enjoy the si ...[more]
In the time between Fionn and St Patrick, there rose over the people of Ireland mighty High Kings, who held power by force of arms, wit and wisdom. One of the greatest among them was Cormac of the wid ...[more]
Here is the story of how Fionn MacCumhaill gained the knowledge of the world. And wouldn't it be a great thing to know it all? Still, knowledge and wisdom must be balanced, and this was known to t ...[more]
William Phibbs was a well-to-do landlord of the English nobility who decided to develop his considerable estates in Ireland, building a house for himself overlooking the beautiful Ballisodare Bay in S ...[more]
Cathbad the Druid was well known throughout the lands of Ireland for his subtle skill and cunning ways, he could make birds speak the language of men and the very stones themselves sing, it was said! ...[more]
It was known in times past in Ireland that there were men and women who could talk to the fairies, ask favours from them, and even live among them, and some used this acquaintance to work their will o ...[more]
The Claddagh Ring is one of those well known emblems of Ireland that most people recognise, but how many know the stories behind it? Many's the young man has gifted one to his lady, giving his hea ...[more]
Some might wonder, who or what are the fairy folk? There are stories upon stories of them and their doings in many places, but most of all in Ireland, where it was said they lived longest and if they ...[more]
The Map of Irish Myths and Legends
Our tales are divided into different collections, with the oldest Mythological Cycle stories presented first. Here you can find the Tuatha de Dannan and the Fir Bolg, names which ring down through countless millennia to enchant us to this very day. Then we have the Ulster Cycle and Fenian Cycle, epics telling of heroes like Cu Chulainn and Fionn MacCumhaill, where they came from, how they became heroes, and how they still inspire wonder.
Moving through centuries shrouded in the mists of time the Historical Tales and the Voyages speak of lost lands, strange magical kingdoms and kings whose bones yet rest in the barrows and Duns of Ireland. Gods and demons, monsters and spirits, giants and mysteries roamed the land in those days, often troubling the people and bringing disaster when they felt so inclined! Alongside lived the fairy folk of Ireland, the little folk or the other crowd as some so called them. Fearsome ghosts fit to chill your very blood as well!
The Emerald Isle is a place with a mysterious and marvellous past that few know of, secrets long forgotten or hidden until the time is right, or perhaps never to be revealed again. Come walk among these places with us, come walk the halls of the past.