Rath agus rí oraibh!Success and prosperity to ye!
I've been looking for a forum to discuss Myth and Lore online for a while, and despite making frequent visits to MI, I never knew about the forum! (Which I must compliment on a great appearance and format!)
My interests include the Irish language, history and Celtic/Gaelic (Specifically Irish) Mythology. I love the Cycles of Mythology, as opposed to Folklore though I've read and heard many examples of more modern folk stories, notably the work of Eddie Lenihan and plenty of typical rural Irish language stories involving the síogaí, Devil, God and working! However it was always the pagan elements of these stories which appealed to me.
Perhaps "pagan" is not the suitable term, I will say the "ancient" qualities. The more I read the more my interest seemed to drift towards subtle links with ancient text. Such as the number three and seven, themes of revenge and oath, and eventually It was upon me to start learning of the actual ancient sagas recorded in the Christian manuscripts. Of which included much pre-christian lore and tradition. Of course, I'm referring to the Fenian, Ulster, and Invasion Cycles. Peter B Ellis, being the highest authority on all! Also Seanchas Na Féinne le Niall Ó Dónaill being the best collection of Fenian tales I'm yet to come across.
My favourite stories would involve Lugh of the Long Arm, Tuathal (the great highking), and of course Goll Mac Mórna. Such a brave but unpredictable warrior! The relationship between the two dominant septs of the Fianna (Mórna and Baoiscne) also fascinating. Ye may notice I avoid Cú Chulainn agus Fionn Mac Cumhaill for the reason that they are so well known and I think there are so many other great stories and characters that are so far from popular imagination. Its a shame.
One such tale is that of Cú Roí, a Kerryman, like myself. I found out the remnants of his fort is still accessible in Corca Duibhne and it shames me to admit I've never seen it! The death of Cú Roí, is one story I feel that shows Setanta in a bad light. The Éiric, and the pride of a Warrior are two essential themes in this story.
The wikipedia page has been update recently with some great sourceshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%BA_Ro%C3%AD