‘CúChulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero’ by local author Réamonn Ó Ciaráin
‘CúChulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero’ by local author Réamonn Ó Ciaráin

This year’s Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival is hosting a variety of excellent arts and cultural events, appealing to both young and old from until Sunday 26 August 2018.

As part of the Lúnasa Festival, local author, Réamonn Ó Ciaráin told the story of the great warrior, Cúchulainn and other mythological stories from his book, ‘CúChulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero’, on Wednesday 8 August in Crossmaglen Community Centre. Cúchulainn is one of the most famous Irish mythological heroes. He appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle and Scottish and Manx folklore.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “The Ring of Gullion is a border area which has been soaking up human dramas for a long time. Every peak and valley carries a song and story. Even though the story of Cúchulainn dates back to 7th Century AD, it still dominates the mythological and imaginative landscape of Ireland.”

Speaking about ‘Cúchulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero’, Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna said, “It is a tremendous achievement on the part of Réamonn Ó Ciaráin and Dara Vallely. The book is beautifully produced. It captures the spirit of the original Irish. It is terse and pithy on the one hand and expansive enough elsewhere to portray the full grandeur of these epics.”

Reamonn Ó Ciaráin’s first told the stories of Cúchulainn in Irish in his book, ‘Laoch na Laochra’. The book was artworked by Dara Vallely and published by national organisation, Gale Linn in 2015 with support from the Ultach Trust. The stories are now retold in English in ‘Cúchulainn: Ulster’s Greatest Hero’, recently published by Gael Linn.

The Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival will be run throughout the month of August.  Events will range from small drop-in craft workshops to major weekend-long celebrations. Visitors will be able to take part in hiking, geology, history and art. To find out more, visit www.ringofgullion.org/events.