Episode 20: The Tragedy of Balor and his Piercing Eye

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Lúnasa 12, 2021

Episode 20

The Tragedy of Balor and his Piercing Eye

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Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about the skeletons that the Fomorian leader Balor keeps in his closet and how they may come back to haunt him. 

We ask:

  • Who was Balor?
  • Was his eye really evil?
  • What part did he play in the birth of Lugh?
  • What place lore is associated with him?
  • Is Enniskillen named after his wife?
  • How is he represented in pop culture?

Balor, a giant who lives in an invisible tower, commands one of the most fearsome armies that has ever been. He is prosperous, respected and feared, but there is something in his past that torments him.

When Bres and the druid Lobais return to Balor’s island stronghold from mainland Ireland  reporting the rise of a new hero, the skeletons in his closet grow new flesh.

Starring: Balor, Bres, Lobais the Druid, Cethlenn.

Also featuring: Lugh, Cian

We talk Balor, his supposedly evil eye, place lore, prophecy, sleep paralysis, Assasin’s Creed Valhalla – Wrath of the Druids, the 90’s Balor PC RPG, Sauron in Lord of the Rings, Finn Balor in the WWE, and American Gods

A cautionary tale on why you should never let prophecy dictate your actions. 

Resources

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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Episode 19: The Rise of Lugh

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Iúil 30, 2021

Episode 19

The Rise of Lugh Lámhfada 

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Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about the challenges Lugh faces before he can take his place at the hall of the gods. 

We ask:

  • What kind of game was fidchell?
  • What can we learn about Lugh from the Continental Celtic god Lugus?
  • What about the Welsh figure, Lleu Llaw Gyffes?
  • What can maps and language tell us about Lugh?
  • What clues can archaeology give us about his rise to prominence?
  • What is his relationship to the other gods and the Fomorians?
  • What modern festivals could be related to Lughnasadh?

Lugh goes to Tara to claim his place in the hall of the gods but first he will have to prove his value to them. To do this he must win at an ancient Irish version of chess called fidchell and undergo a test of strength from Ogma. Starring: Lugh, Nuada, Gamal, Camall.

Co-Starring Ogma, Macha, Gobniu, Dian Cecht.

We talk about Lugh, the festival of Lughnasadh, the continental celtic god Lugus, and the Welsh mythological figure Lleu Llaw Gyffes.

A cautionary tale on why you should always eat before you start work. 

Resources

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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All sounds cc licence from freesound.org except “riders of the sidhe chanting Lugh’s name”, by Marcas O’hUiscín. 

Summer Solstice Sunset at Tara – by Marcas

Son of Fomóir: Bres, Éire, and the Fomorians

  • The Causeway Coast, Antrim photo credit: U123072 on en:Flickr

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Iúil 15, 2021

Episode 17

Son of Fomóir: Bres, Éire, and the Fomorians

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Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about Bres and Éire’s  quest to find Bres’s Fomorian father. It might not be as happy a reunion for Éire as it is for Bres.. 

We ask:

  • Who are the Fomorians?
  • Why are there so few stories involving Éire/Eiriu?
  • What do the vikings have to do with The Second Battle of Moytura?
  • What can the modern Irish language tell us about Mythology?
  • Is Elatha a social justice warrior?

Bres is throwing a strop after losing the throne so he goes to the least reliable person in his life for help (his dad).

His mother, Éire, comes along too.

Along the way they encounter strange human/goat hybrids and a potentially fatal ball game.

Starring: Bres, Éire, Elatha.

Co-Starring various Fomorians.

We talk about how an Irish word that has only recently fallen out of use might be a clue to one of the biggest mysteries in Irish Mythology.

A cautionary tale on why you should always make a tryst before sleeping with a stranger. 

Resources

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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All sounds cc licence from freesound.org 

Episode 8: Dian Cecht and Nuada’s Silver Arm

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Deireadh Fómhair,  22, 2020

Episode 8

Dian Cecht and Nuada’s Silver Arm

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In this episode we hear about Dian Cecht and how he recruits  the smiths, Gobniu and Credne to help him create a new arm for the deposed Chieftan Nuada..  We ask:

  • What was Dian Cecht’s role in myth and in the old pagan religion?
  • What is Dian Cecht’s relationship to Brehon Law?
  • What makes Dian Cecht a symbol of the medical profession?
  • Why were Blacksmiths considered to have supernatural powers?
  • How do we resolve contradictions in medieval mythological texts?

Dian Cecht receives Ogma’s message and sets out to find a way of fighting back against Bres’s tyranny. He recruits the blacksmith Gobniu and the silversmith Credne to help him create a new arm for the former High Chief of the Gods, Nuada.

Resources

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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Episode 7: The Passion of the Ogma

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Meán Fómhair,  22, 2020

Episode 7

The Passion of the Ogma

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Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we hear about Ogma and how he and the other gods  are forced to work under the reign of Bres. We also hear how Ogma invented a system of writing.  We ask:

  • What was Ogma’s role in myth and in the old pagan religion?
  • What is Ogma’s relationship to other deities?
  • What is the Ogham system of writing?
  • What attitudes to work in medieval Ireland are represented in this story?
  • Are metaphors about the origins of language encoded in tales from mythology?

Ogma suffers under the reign of Bres, but from this suffering comes a great revelation.  We talk about Ogma, ogham script, attitudes to work in myth, and the Irish language.

Resources

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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All sounds cc licence from freesound.org

Episode 6 Show Notes: The Druid that Killed John the Baptist

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Iúil 30, 2020

Episode 6

The Druid that Killed John the Baptist

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In this episode we hear about the druid Mog Ruith and his daughter Tlachtga travelling from County Kerry to the Middle East to study the magic of Simon Magus, and how on the way, Mog Ruith becomes the executioner of John the Baptist. We ask:

  • Who was Mog Ruith?
  • Why did he and his daughter, Tlachtga travel to the Middle East? 
  • Does this story have a hidden meaning that points to the early Irish Church’s struggles with both imported heresy and native paganism?
  • Why aren’t Mog Ruith and Tlachtga as well known as some other Irish Mythological figures?
  • Why did Mog Ruith behead John the Baptist?
  • Why were he and Tlachtga associated with Simon Magus?

We also talk about heresy, Roman influences in Iron Age Ireland, the oared wheel, and Kerry UFO sightings . 

Have you heard about the Druid, Mog Ruith and his most famous deed? I thought not. It’s not the sort of tale you would hear from a teacher or a priest.

Resources

  • Paice MacLeod, Sharon. Celtic Cosmology and the Otherworld. McFarland & Company, Inc. North Carolina, 2018.
  • The Holy Bible, ESV, Kindle Version.
  • The Siege of Knocklong
  • Smith, Andrew Phillip. John the Baptist and the Last Gnostics, The Secret History of the Mandaeans. Watkins, 2015.
  • The Nag Hammadi Scriptures. Ed. Marvin W. Meyer. Harper Collins E-Books.

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. 

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

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Air traffic control audio courtesy of http://www.liveatc.net

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Sounds on attribution licence from freesound.org – 

  • Dsound1977 – Night Cyprus Sea
  • Dymewiz – Footsteps (Snow, Sand)
  • Xserra – Abu Dhabi, arab drums + Tanger drums
  • csengeri – Storm 200408
  • Inspector J – Footsteps, stone.
  • hifijohn – abstract background music
  • pogmothoin – Bodhran
  • sonsbcnintercultural – Setar Alireza Farrokhzadi

Dawning of the Dé (part 3): Fate of the Firbolg Shownotes

PHOTO BY MICK REYNOLDS

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Iúil 09, 2020

Episode 5

Dawning of the Dé (part 3): Fate of the Firbolg

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In this episode we hear the culmination of the saga of the coming of the gods to Ireland and talk about Nuada, Sreng, war gods and Cong Co. Mayo and we ask:

  • How do we know Nuada was a war god?
  • What other gods does he share attributes with?
  • What is the role of the war god? 
  • Why are the Fir Bolg associated with Connaught?
  • How do we resolve contradictions in the old texts? 

We also talk a bit more about the Tuath Dé and the idea of a pantheon of Irish gods and the historical context to the texts this story comes from. . 

The Culmination of a saga. A bloody battle that will decide the future of Ireland. Can the mighty Fir Bolg repel the almighty power of the gods?

We talk about Nuada, Sreng, war gods and Cong, Co. Mayo. 

Resources

Where it all happens 

credits

Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaiígh. 

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

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All sounds cc or attribution licence.

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  • Joedeshon ADULTS GATHERING FOR A MEETING 
  • Piano Farm – Cows Attacking Red Tail Hawk
  • Yap Audio Production – Medieval Army Marching 
  • Yap_Audio_Production – Medieval Combat
  • Metzik – Throatsinging
  • Mshashen – Wind
  • Inspector J – Smashing wooden fence