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!
Strange are the ways of the Fairies of Ireland, and strange the look about them, but for all their wild and untamed manner they follow rules written in the ripples of willow-branches on still ponds, a ...[more]
The headless horseman is a very ancient tale of Ireland, stretching back to the days before Christ came with St Patrick, when a dark king used to sacrifice people to old black one-eye, Crom Cruach, by ...[more]
Maurice Mulreaney was well known for travelling about the countryside without fear of anything living or otherwise, as quick to cross a graveyard or fairy mound as you or I would be to cross the stree ...[more]
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]
Cruinniuc was a farmer in the northern part of Ireland back in the days of legend, and often legends are told of heroes and their mighty deeds, but this tale is about humbler folk who change the path ...[more]
Close by where Limerick city stands today lie the ruins of an ancient and once mighty fortress called Carrigogunnel, which commanded all the lands about with a stern hand. It was known then as a place ...[more]
On the road going down to Cork there's an old set of four walls that used to once be called Ronayne's Court. Although there's little enough to see of it nowadays still the stack of the chi ...[more]
Cúchulainn, although still a young man, had made many powerful enemies, but none more bitter and dark than Queen Medb of Connaught, whose armies he had routed and whose ambitions he'd thwar ...[more]
Queen Medb had invaded Ulster and the lands of the north, thinking it would be an easy victory since the men of Ulster were crippled with birth pangs as a result of a curse place on them, but Cú ...[more]
Dun Aengus means "the Fort of Aenghus", and remains one of the most impressive ancient monuments in Ireland, Europe or the world. Perched on the edge of a high and jagged cliff with the grey ...[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]
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.