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Irish Mythology Podcast
Marta 11, 2021
St. Patrick’s Day Special: Patrick versus Cromm Cruach
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In this episode we hear about how St. Patrick confronts a pagan idol whose followers are resisting the forward march of Christianity. This deity, Cromm Cruach isn’t for going meekly into the night and makes a spirited defence of his place on the landscape and those who follow him.
- Why was Patrick determined to destroy Cromm Cruach?
- Who worshipped Cromm Cruach according to textual sources?
- Was Cromm Cruach even a deity or did Christian writers make him up?
- Why was Patrick at odds with King Lóegaire Mac Neill?
- How did early Irish Christianity interact with native polytheistic paganism?
- How did people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the past.
- St. Patrick’s Day, Paddy’s Day or Patty’s Day?
Patrick has had a lot of success spreading the word of God in Ireland, but one native deity and his followers are not going without a fight. Who will win this epic confrontation? Patrick versus Crom Cruach; This time it’s biblical!
We talk Patrick, Cromm Cruach, hagiography, human sacrifice, Lóegaire mac Néill, and the different ways Christianity and native Irish Paganism interacted. We also make a bit of time to talk old St. Patrick’s Day customs.
- Jocelyn of Furness’s Life of Patrick
- The Tripartite Life of Patrick Ch. 2
- Mag Slecht (The Metrical Dindshenchas)
- St. Patrick’s Breastplate aka St. Patrick’s Hymn
- Ireland’s Immortals, A History of the Gods of Irish Myth – Mark Williams
- Saint Patrick Retold: The Legend and History of Ireland’s Patron Saint – Roy Flechner
- Exodus 20: 2-7 (The Bible)
- Psalm 23 (The Bible)
- Exodus 29 (The Bible)
- Psalm 140 (The Bible)
- St. Patrick’s day crosses – Ye are all too smart (Duchas)
- Festival Customs – Mass in Ballyhaunis (Duchas)
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
All sounds cc licence from freesound.org