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!
Rising from the ocean a short distance off the coast of county Kerry in southern Ireland, Skellig Michael and its smaller brother rear up out of the Atlantic ocean like jagged grey teeth. Famous poet ...[more]
The Pooka or Puca is one of the most ancient fairy creatures of Ireland, and is known further abroad as well, called Puck or Pook. In some places he is feared and in others respected. He can take many ...[more]
In the south of the country, from Cork to Waterford, parents often scold wilful children with the warning – behave or Petticoat Loose will get you! And a wise child will do as they are told, for ...[more]
In the age of heroes, forgotten by all but the storytellers and the legend-weavers, when champions strode the land of Ireland, their halls and Duns now covered in moss, echoing to no songs but those o ...[more]
It's well known among those who know of such things that fairies love to dance more than anything else, and they take it ill should anything interfere with their merriment. And if someone wanted t ...[more]
An Cailleach or the veiled woman is among the most ancient deities venerated in Ireland, she whose realm lies in the ice and cold of winter. Once it was said that she ruled all the world, when the gre ...[more]
The children of De Danann once ruled the island of Ireland, before they departed back to their own lands in the farthest west or went below the earth in their fairy mounds to dance and sing forevermor ...[more]
Croagh Patrick or Patrick's Stack is an important place of pilgrimage for Christians throughout Ireland and the world today, some even walking the ascent in their bare feet as penance for their si ...[more]
The Tailteann games were a grand affair in Ireland once upon a time, every bit as celebrated and renowned as the Olympics are today. Having their roots thousands of years earlier, in the time of the T ...[more]
It was at the dawning of the world when the fair folk walked in broad daylight as bold as you and I, before the coming of the Milesians with their bitter iron blades and earthen ways, it was the time ...[more]
A quarrel arose between Queen Medb of Connacht and the King of Ulster regarding who had the most wealth, but all of his men were cursed with the pains of a pregnant woman giving birth so they couldn ...[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.