Dawning of the Dé (part 2): Maids of Mayhem

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Bealtaine 21, 2020

Episode 4

Dawning of the Dé (part 2): Maids of Mayhem

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Here you’ll find our notes, links to research and some personal highlights from your hosts. 

Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we are introduced to the Morrigan, in her triple goddess form – The Badbh, Macha, and Nemhain and we ask:

  • Why do the names of the three vary, depending on the story?
  • Which one is most like The Morrigan as she appears in singular form.
  • What is her role in Irish Mythology? 
  • What powers and abilities does she posses?
  • What divinities in other mythologies does she most resemble? 

We also talk a bit more about the Tuath Dé and continue the story of how they came to Ireland and fought the Fir Bolg. 

When Chief Eochaid Mac Eirc of the Fir Bolg ignores Sreng’s advice to compromise with the Tuath Dé, Chief Nuada calls on three powerful goddesses with a passion for pandemonium to give them some supernatural encouragement. 

Resources

  • “The First Battle of Moytura.” Ériu 8 (1916): 1-63. Accessed May 13, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/30005394.
  • Clark, Rosalind. “Aspects of the Morrígan in Early Irish Literature.” Irish University Review 17, no. 2 (1987): 223-36. Accessed May 13, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/25477680.
  • Krappe, Alexander Haggerty. “The Valkyrie Episode in the Njals Saga.” Modern Language Notes 43, no. 7 (1928): 471-74. Accessed May 20, 2020. doi:10.2307/2914244. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2914244
  • The Story of Burnt Njal/The Njalls Saga,1861 translation into English by George W. DaSent from the original Icelandic ‘Brennu-Njáls saga’. https://sagadb.org/brennu-njals_saga.en
  • Williams, Mark. Ireland’s Immortals. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2018

credits

Presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaiígh. 

Written by Marcas Ó hUiscín. 

Produced by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiíarnaiígh. 

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence 

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  • Setuniman – Cinematic Moments + cinematic intros
  • Luis_audp – Celtic Tin Whistle in D
  • Beast_Toil – Slow Mellow Suspense (They’re Going to Get You!)
  • Piano Farm – Cows Attacking Red Tail Hawk
  • Yap_Audio_Production – Medieval Combat
  • Innominatus – Booms of Innominatus
  • GregorQuendel – Cinematic Percussion Trailer + Cinematic Chanting / Throat Singing Percussion Trailer
  • Jobro – Cinematic stings
  • Vedas – frantic searching
  • Robinhood76 – CROWD & MASSIVE EVENTS sound shots (Licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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EPSISODE 3: DAWNING OF THE DÉ (PART 1) – THE SONG OF SRENG

Welcome | fáilte

In this episode we talk about an often overlooked people of Irish Myth – The Fir Bolg; and we ask:

  • Who were the Fir Bolg?
  • Why are they overlooked?
  • What is their place in Irish Mythology?
  • Why is their story worth telling?

We also tell the story of Sreng, a mighty Fir Bolg warrior and envoy of his chief as he goes to investigate a mysterious new threat to his people.

When mysterious beings come from the sky and land on the mountains of connaught, the Fir Bolg of Ireland mobilise to oppose them.
Meet Sreng, greatest warrior of the Fir Bolg.
Then meet the one thing that strikes fear into very the fabric of his being.

Resources

Lebor Gabála Érenn

The Metrical Dindshenchas Poem 40 Carn Hui Neit 

Duchas, The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0102, Page 252 and 253

Lady Gregory’s Complete Irish Mythology, Octopus 1994. (Gods and Fighting Men, 1904)

Credits

Presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh.

Written and produced by Marcas Ó hUiscín.

Music by Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

All sounds from freesound.org

Featured Image – Letterfrack, connemara national park.

Trailer: The Dawning of the Dé

When mysterious beings come from the sky and land on the mountains of Connemara, the Fir Bolg of Ireland mobilise to oppose them.

Ireland will never be the same.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be bringing you the story of the coming of the gods and the battles they fought against men, and other supernatural beings.

Don’t miss The Dawning of the Dé on the Irish Mythology Podcast.

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode )

Featured Image – The Two Ambassadors – part of a depiction of the meeting of Sreng of the Fir Bolg and Bres of the Tuath Dé from the book Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race (1910) by Rolleston, T.W. (Partially colourised by Marcas).

Epsisode 2: Rebellious Creation

Welcome | fáilte

In this episode we talk about the acts of defiance by divine femine figures that lead to the creation of rivers, hills, mountains and valleys.  Medieval and modern literature has created a pantheon of old Irish gods but we don’t really know how widespread worship of individual deities was.

Some seem intimately tied to place, and may not have been particularly well known beyond their locale. One such individual is the goddess Boann, who gives her name to the river Boyne which runs from near the village of Carberry in Co. Kildare, through Co. Meath to the sea at Baltray Co. Louth. 

Resources

BOAND I

BOAND II

PROSE TALES IN THE RENNES DINDSHENCHAS (#19)

VERSION IN THE NATIONAL FOLKLORE COLLECTION

THE EMERALD TABLET

If you’re lucky enough to be in the area where Boann lived, we’ve put together a map for you to visit and take in the route of the Boyne River. You can follow Boann’s course from Carbury to Baltray using this map. 

WARNING!!! If you happen upon any wells during your cycle, we strongly advise that you approach with caution, heed any warnings from individuals bearing cups at the well, and under no circumstances should you attempt to walk around the well in an anti-clockwise direction.

Credits

EPISODE ONE IS HERE!

PATRICK: The Saint and The Sorcerer

It was in the strength of God that I went – God who turned the direction of my life to good.

— Saint Patrick.
Given the week that’s in it, we’ll be looking at a character who bridges the gap between history and myth,
In whose name, this comingTuesday, many glasses will be raised and even more shamrocks will be drowned.
We’re talking of course about the Patron Saint of Ireland, the man credited with converting Ireland from native polytheism to Christianity, St. Patrick. Did Patrick really convert Pagan Ireland to Christianity?
Did Patrick do it by using a shamrock?
And what exactly was the story with the snakes?
Written, produced and presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Thomas Dineley voiced by Christopher Bowes. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode ) The schools collection can be found at https://www.duchas.ie/en

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