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Irish Tales and Irish Ways

There's a really good story teller out there, his name's Eddie Lenihan. I first became familiar with him through his appearance in this documentary righ'chere on the Faery Faith:



Something about Mr. Lenihan's description, and his presence, really sealed something in me, or unsealed it. I went to his website. Some of his stuff is out of print, but you can find it elsewhere if you can't order it from his site.

Like, he wrote this book called "In Search of Biddy Early", and he basically went out and got as many primary or secondary sources as he could about this woman who lived in the late 18th early 19th century, rumored to have strange powers. The book is impossibly quaint, and brings to life this vivid time. I liked it a lot.

So anyway, I found the story "The Three Daughters of King Coluath O'hara" about 15 or so years before I heard Mr. Lenihan, but with the wisdom of almost five decades I can see there's something in Jeremiah Curtin's version that there is in Mr. Lenihan's method of telling. Please enjoy.

See you fellahs next week!

Comic transcript

You're reading a page from a comic book based on the ancient Irish Myth the Three daughters of King Coluath O'hara. The translation and story was from Jeremiah Curtin's book Irish Myths and Fairy Tales but don't go and spoil the comic by reading it. I'll be posting a page a week, and the first page is here. Please let me know in the comments if you want to buy a copy and end the suspense, and if enough people want it then hey I'll publish it. Thanks!

So we're three days into the third daughter of King Coluath O'Hara following her husband (who used to be a white dog during the day and a man at night).

The woman of the house sent the boy back to where he had come from, and told him to stay there. Next morning, when the princess was going out to her husband, the woman of the house gave her a comb. She said "If you meet any person with a diseased and a sore head, and draw this comb over it three times, the head will be well, and covered with the most beautiful golden hair ever seen."

The princess went outside where her husband had spent the night. The husband said "Leave me now, and go back to your own father."

The princess replied "I will not, but I will follow you while I have the power."

So they went forward on that day, as on the other two. At nightfall they came to a third house, at the foot of a hill, where the princess received a good welcome.

After she had eaten supper, a little girl with only one eye came to her knee and said "Mother."

Ooh! What a powerful moment! Here is the third of her three children, all stolen away years ago by a gray crow, she thought they were gone forever. Now she's running after her husband, trying to keep him from leaving too, and who does she meet? Such a roil of emotions our heroine must be feeling!

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