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Irish Mythology Podcast

Irish Mythology Podcast

By Marcas O hUiscín
Marcas and Stephie adapt and retell famous, and not so famous stories from Irish Mythology and Folklore.

Each episode features a dramatic reading of one of these tales, along with a deep dive into the original versions that they are adapted from.

Encounter mighty warriors, druids, witches, demons, monsters, gods, fairies, ghosts, saints, and scholars as we travel to magical locations in the Irish otherworld - below the ground, under the sea, in the sky and beyond the realm of comprehension.

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Trailer: The Dawning of the Dé

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The Wooing of Étaín (Part 3) The Wooing of Ulster by Aengus
Midir loses an eye while trying to break up a fight; Dian Cecht works some healing magic; Aengus goes up to Down to woo Étaín for Midir; The Dagda fights an Octopus; WB Yeats is CANCELLED! We ask if Aengus really was a god of love and/or a god of poetry and how he came to be associated with these things and we talk about family and networks of mutual aid. There's a lot to unpack in this episode, the penultimate chapter in the first sub-tale of The Woing of Étain.  Support our work and get access to bonus content on our Patreon. credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org
56:34
April 15, 2021
St. Patrick's Day Special: Patrick versus Cromm Cruach
Patrick has had a lot of success spreading the word of God in Ireland, but one native deity and his followers are not going without a fight. Who will win this epic confrontation? Patrick versus Crom Cruach; This time it's biblical! We talk Patrick, Cromm Cruach, hagiography, human sacrifice, Lóegaire mac Néill, and the different ways Christianity and native Irish Paganism interacted. We also make a bit of time to talk old St. Patrick's Day customs.  credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org 
41:33
March 11, 2021
The Wooing of Étain (Part 2): How Aengus Took Newgrange
Aengus believes he is the son of Midir, his foster father, but gets a rude awakening when a jealous Fir Bolg youth tells him otherwise. On finding out his father is actually The Dagda, the King in the Sidhe, he sets out to meet him and claim a Sidhe of his own. There's one slight problem though; Someone already occupies the mound The Dagda had in mind for his son. That someone is the husband of Aengus's mother, the one The Dagda had already duped when he had an affair with Boann.  A cautionary tale on why you should read the fine print of any contract.  credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org
54:08
February 18, 2021
Brigid - Goddess, Druid, and Saint of Imbolc
Brigid returns from tending her flock to see women huddled around the hearth with only a bit of bread between them. A bit of divine magic might be just what the doctor ordered.  We talk about the goddess Brigid, Saint Brigid, how they are connected and why she is the patron of the festival of Imbolc, also known as St. Brigid's Day or Lá Fheile Bride.  credits Written, presented and produced  by Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh and Marcas Ó hUiscín. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org Except Music for a film by EvanJones4 Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence on freesound.org
53:07
February 1, 2021
The Wooing of Étain (Part 1): The Nativity of the Young Son
The Dagda has got his groove back, but though his power is restored, he longs for Boann, goddess and wife of his steward, Elcmar. He makes use of his control of the Sun and time to not only make a tryst possible, but to hide the conception and birth of a son. Despite the title, Étain doesn’t appear in today’s story as she isn’t introduced until later in the Saga. We ask: What was The Dagda’s role in myth and in the old pagan religion? Why is this story associated with the Winter Solstice? Does this story hint at the remnant of a pre-Celtic religious tradition? What was the significance of Newgrange for ancient astronomers? Could the Egyptian Book of the Dead help us interpret the importance of the Solstice at Newgrange for the dead? credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org
44:39
January 7, 2021
The Dagda Strikes Back
The Dagda has had enough of Bres's demands of his labour and Cridenbel's demands of his hospitality. Now, with the help of a magical child and a satirist, The Dagda Strikes Back. A cautionary tale outlining why you should always give your guests something decent with their cuppa. Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org (except Door - Stone - Large - by DWO Boyle attribution licence at freesound)
40:58
November 24, 2020
Samhain Special: Irish Mythology and Customs and the Origins of Halloween
Marcas and Stephie talk about the various tales from Irish Mythology that reference Samhain and the ghastly cast of ghoulish entities associated with them. We also talk folklore, customs, games, robbing pallets for the bonfire and dressing up in bin bags to go out and scare your neighbours.  No main story this week but we do have one on our patreon, info below.  Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org
49:20
October 30, 2020
Dian Cecht and Nuada's Silver Arm
Dian Cecht receives Ogma’s message and sets out to find a way of fighting back against Bres’s tyranny. He recruits the blacksmith Gobniu and the silversmith Credne to help him create a new arm for the former High Chief of the Gods, Nuada. What was Dian Cecht's role in myth and in the old pagan religion? What is Dian Cecht’s relationship to Brehon Law? What makes Dian Cecht a symbol of the medical profession? Why were Blacksmiths considered to have supernatural powers? How do we resolve contradictions in medieval mythological texts? credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org
36:12
October 22, 2020
The Passion of the Ogma
Ogma suffers under the reign of Bres, but from this suffering comes a great revelation.  We talk about Ogma, ogham script, attitudes to work in myth, and the Irish language. We ask: What was Ogma's role in myth and in the old pagan religion? What is Ogma's relationship to other deities? What was the Ogham system of writing? What attitudes to work in medieval Ireland are represented in this story? Are metaphors about the origins of language encoded in tales from mythology? Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode All sounds cc licence from freesound.org Full show notes available at irishmythologypodcast.ie
47:04
September 22, 2020
The Druid that Killed John the Baptist
Have you heard about the Druid, Mog Ruith and his most famous deed?  I thought not. It’s not the sort of tale you would hear from a teacher or a priest. In this episode we hear about the druid Mog Ruith and his daughter Tlachtga travelling from County Kerry to the Middle East to study the magic of Simon Magus, and how on the way, Mog Ruith becomes the executioner of John the Baptist. We ask: Who was Mog Ruith? Why did he and his daughter, Tlachtga travel to the Middle East?  Does this story have a hidden meaning that points to the early Irish Church’s struggles with both imported heresy and native paganism? Why aren’t Mog Ruith and Tlachtga as well known as some other Irish Mythological figures? Why did Mog Ruith behead John the Baptist? Why were he and Tlachtga associated with Simon Magus? We also talk about heresy, Roman influences in Iron Age Ireland, the oared wheel, and Kerry UFO sightings .  credits Written, presented and produced  by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode Air traffic control audio courtesy of www.liveatc.net Full show notes on http://irishmythologypodcast.ie
01:01:08
July 30, 2020
Dawning of the Dé (Part 3): Fate of the Fir Bolg
The Culmination of a saga. A bloody battle that will decide the future of Ireland. Can the mighty Fir Bolg repel the almighty power of the gods? We talk about Nuada, Sreng, war gods and Cong, Co. Mayo. Written, presented and produced by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Celltic Warrior (Theme) by Damiano Baldoni (Attribution 4 Licence) Full Credits in show note at: http://irishmythologypodcast.ie
45:34
July 9, 2020
Dawning of the Dé (Part 2): Maids of Mayhem
When Chief Eochaid Mac Eirc of the Fir Bolg ignores Sreng's advice to compromise with the Tuath Dé, Chief Nuada calls on three powerful goddesses with a passion for pandemonium to give them some supernatural encouragement.  Meet the Morrigan in her threefold form - Badbh, Macha, and Nemhain.  Find out about her role in Irish Mythology and her relationship to other female divinities in other mythologies.  Full show notes at http://irishmythologypodcast.ie Presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Written and produced by by Marcas Ó hUiscín. Support our work: https://www.patreon.com/irishmythologypodcast Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode) All sounds cc or attribution licence. Sounds on attribution licence from freesound.org - Miguetelo SINISTER ATMOSPHERE Joedeshon ADULTS GATHERING FOR A MEETING Juan FG - Never without my denture Melisapons - Wooshes Liezen3 -  Choir Women Men and Mixed Setuniman - Cinematic Moments + cinematic intros Luis_audp -  Celtic Tin Whistle in D Beast_Toil - Slow Mellow Suspense (They're Going to Get You!) Piano Farm - Cows Attacking Red Tail Hawk Yap_Audio_Production - Medieval Combat Innominatus - Booms of Innominatus GregorQuendel - Cinematic Percussion Trailer + Cinematic Chanting / Throat Singing Percussion Trailer Jobro - Cinematic stings Vedas - frantic searching Robinhood76 - CROWD & MASSIVE EVENTS sound shots (Licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/) 
42:00
May 21, 2020
Dawning of the Dé (part one): The Song of Sreng
When mysterious beings come from the sky and land on the mountains of Connemara, the Fir Bolg of Ireland mobilise to oppose them. Meet Sreng, champion of the Fir Bolg, inhabitants of Ireland, and emissary of the great chieftan Eochaid Mac Eirc, a fierce warrior who has never lost a battle.  Then meet the one thing that strikes fear into the very fabric of his being.  Full show notes will be available on http://irishmythologypodcast.ie Presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Written and produced by by Marcas Ó hUiscín. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode
36:11
May 7, 2020
Trailer: The Dawning of the Dé
When mysterious beings come from the sky and land on the mountains of Connemara, the Fir Bolg of Ireland mobilise to oppose them. Ireland will never be the same. Over the coming weeks we'll be bringing you the story of the coming of the gods and the battles they fought against men, and other supernatural beings. Don't miss The Dawning of the Dé on the Irish Mythology Podcast. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode )
01:02
May 1, 2020
Rebellious Creation - Boann and the River Boyne
On this episode we’re going to be talking about the acts of defiance by divine femine figures that lead to the creation of rivers, hills, mountains and valleys.  Medieval and modern literature has created a pantheon of old Irish gods but we don’t really know how widespread worship of individual deities was. Some seem intimately tied to place, and may not have been particularly well known beyond their locale. One such individual is the goddess Boann, who gives her name to the river Boyne which runs from near the village of Carberry in Co. Kildare, through Co. Meath to the sea at Baltray Co. Louth.  Written, produced and presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode )
39:05
April 23, 2020
Patrick: The Saint and the Sorcerer
Given the week that’s in it, we’ll be looking at a character who bridges the gap between history and myth, In whose name, this comingTuesday, many glasses will be raised and even more shamrocks will be drowned. We’re talking of course about the Patron Saint of Ireland, the man credited with converting Ireland from native polytheism to Christianity, St. Patrick. Did Patrick really convert Pagan Ireland to Christianity? Did Patrick do it by using a shamrock? And what exactly was the story with the snakes? Written, produced and presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaigh. Thomas Dineley voiced by Christopher Bowes. Music - Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode ) The schools collection can be found at https://www.duchas.ie/en
45:42
March 16, 2020