Cuchulainn the Warrior Hero in Irish Folklore


Cuchulainn was an Irish folklore hero. He was born to human parents but his true father was Lugh, the Celtic Sun God who sent him to Ireland. His original name was Setanta but when he was a boy he killed the king`s gaurd dog. The hero was charged with defending his king and his knights against powerful druids and a powerful and cunning enemy Queen Meave. The king named him Cuchulainn  as the dogs name was Hound of Cuchulainn.  He was known for killing his enemies singlehandedly sometimes up to a hundred warriors in battle at a time. Being the son of the Celtic Sun God he battled against the power of druids fearlessly and was victorious over them.

Queen Meave was one of his most formidable enemies. They clashed frequently. Over time  Cuchulainn had killed her maids, her pets  and any living thing dear to her until they clashed in one last battle. Queen Meave had amassed a huge army from the four corners of Ireland along with the most powerful druids. Cuchulainn lost and died tied to a rock. A raven landed on his shoulder signifying that he was truly dead. Only when the raven landed on Cuchulainn`s shoulder did his enemies approach him as they were terrified of his strength. Queen Meave was happy to be victorious but mourned the death of the warrior hero who she secretly admired for his bravery and skill in battle.

There are many comparisons in the details of the stories of Cuchulainn to Jesus. Cuchulainn was the son of the Celtic Sun God. He was born to two earthly parents. He sacrificed himself for his people. Instead of dying on a cross he died tied to a rock. He always fought for what he thought was right and just.

Cuchulainn was the hero in Irish folklore that influenced the leader of the Easter Rising 1916 Patrick Pearse. It is said that as Patrick defended himself and his men in the General Post Office in Dublin during the Easter Rising 1916 he thought of this warrior hero and his battles. When it became clear to Patrick that was facing certain death as he walked along the stone steps into the backyard of Kilmainham gaol to be executed he thought of this warrior hero. He had faced impossible odds against the English empire and fought for the freedom of Ireland. He did what he knew was right.

In the General Post Office in Dublin, Ireland, there is a a bronze statue of a man with a raven on his shoulder. It is a statue of Cuchulainn. The GPO was also where Patrick Pearse fought against the English empire. A century later people read of his bravery and he is immortalized today in memory  by those who admire his deeds just as stories are still told about Cuchulainn.

(Gabriel Woods is author of the popular book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom. The book has achieved high rankings in Amazon. The book is Free with Kindle membership. Visit



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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Dawns, a fantasy science fiction book.I have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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