Live Irish Myths & Legends: a new series from Anthony Murphy

To counteract the negativity and anxiety around the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak here in Ireland, I have started a new series of live broadcasts featuring readings and discussion of Irish myths and legends.

Episode 1: The Tuatha Dé Danann, Fomorians, Fir Bolgs and more

Episode 2: the coming of the sun-god (Lugh) and the story of the Children of Tuireann

 Episode 3: Scáthach and her training of the warrior Cúchulainn

Episode 4: The Dagda, chief of the Tuatha Dé Danann

Episode 5: The Second Battle of Moytura

Episode 6: Saint Patrick in the Boyne Valley

Episode 7: Saint Sheelah, wife of Saint Patrick?

Episode 8: The Cailleach of Loughcrew

Episode 9: Aislinge Oengusso, The Dream Vision of Oengus Óg

Episode 10: Manannán mac Lir

Episode 11: Oisín in the land of Tír na nÓg

Episode 12: The High Man

Episode 13: Cesair, the first woman in Ireland

Episode 14: The Fate of the Children of Lir (part 1)

Episode 15: The Fate of the Children of Lir (part 2)

Episode 16: Bóinn, goddess of the river Boyne

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