Irish and Celtic myths and legends, Irish folklore, Irish fairy tales and More Irish Tales and Legends
Emerald Isle, home to Irish and Celtic myths and legends, fairy tales and folklore, wonders and more!
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. There are Irish fairy tales and Irish ghost stories, as well as Irish mythology. 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!
Woven through many Irish stories, myths and legends is the ancient game of Fidchell, which means “wisdom of the wood”. It's said that it was invented by none other than Lugh of the Tua ...[more]
Saint Colman was a famous Saint in early Irish Christianity, being born a prince not long after Saint Patrick brought the faith to Ireland in the first place. Despite his royal lineage however, his bi ...[more]
The old pagan times in Ireland were fraught with peril for even the mightiest warriors, with chieftains and tribes going to war often and for many reasons – pride, hatred, love and greed! And so ...[more]
And so it was when dragons still flew and champions walked the earth that the men of the Fir Bolg had lordship over all of Ireland. They had left Ireland centuries before due to the violence and heavy ...[more]
This now is the true tale of mighty King Cathal Mac Finguine of Munster, lord of Cork and warrior without peer. In ancient Ireland this story was told when mead was first brought out, or a prince sat ...[more]
Most people have heard of Ireland's famous title, “The Island of Saints and Scholars”, and the reason it was so well known was because of the many fine Irish Catholic universities and ...[more]
In Ireland of old, the Alp-Luachra was one of the most dreaded of all the fairy folk. It also went by the name of Joint-eater, Just-halver, Art-Luachra, Airc-Luachra, and Doichi-Luachair. This creatur ...[more]
While most people nowadays believe fairies to be gentle creatures, prone to mischief perhaps and capricious by their natures yet well intended for all that, in Ireland they have a more sinister reputa ...[more]
It took the fancy of one of the gentry, who lived near to the Earl of Orrery’s seat, to play cards with his friends one day, so he sent his butler to purchase a new deck of cards. However as the ...[more]
The Brehon law codes were said to be the earliest fully developed legal system in Europe, but long before the Brehons were agreed all were subject to the laws, kings and freemen, men and women! Wom ...[more]
Little remains now of once-proud Dunluce castle, whose halls had echoed with the sounds of laughter and music, and whose vaulted arches had defied the most ferocious storms. Only echoes and shadows ar ...[more]
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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.