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The Children of Lir

I always found swans to have a majestic presence and Gaelic mythology is filled with great stories linked to them. Swans normally tend to mate for life and are known to be extremely loyal. One of the oldest laws still in existence dates back to the old Brehon laws were it was a crime to murder a swan. The most famous swans in Celtic mythology are the Children of Lir. Its one of the earliest ancient tales that I remember and the short version of the story goes like this.

”Bodh Dearg was elected King of the Tuatha De Dannan much to the chagrin of Lir, his main rival. To appease him, Bodh Dearg sent him one of his daughters, Aoibh, to take as his wife. She bore him four children, a girl named Fionnula and three sons Aodh, Fiachra and Conn. Aiobh died, so Bodh Dearg sent another of…

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