Online Database for Irish Myths and Sagas
The mythology of ancient Ireland is made up of a number literary epics and tales of ‘gods and men’ that interlink and cross-over one another to form a rich and complex tapestry of romance, magic, heroism, conquest, and defeat.
Gaelic mythology shares these and many other archetypal images with the myths of other parts of the World; however, Gaelic Irish Mythology has not been given the same amount of attention as that of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, or even Hindu.
Much of this disconnect could be put down to the erosion of Gaelic culture due to its colonisation by England, but a lot of it can also be put down to difficulty with translating the archaic forms of Irish the Sagas (and laws) were written in.
Thankfully Cork University’s recently launched “Irish Sagas Online Database” seeks to address this by building an online database of Irish mythological sagas to be made readily available to all. Working together with members of CELT and the Celtic Digital Initiative, Tom O’Donovan and his team will produce versions of the original texts along with translations in both modern Irish and English.
The current List of Sagas is relatively small compared to the volume of literature available. Only six are available to view now but it is a very welcomed resource that will hopefully continue to grow.
Aided Chonchobuir - The Death of Conchobar
Aided Diarmada meic Fergusa Cerrbeoil - The Death of Dermot son of Fergus Cerrbeoil
Aislinge Meic Con Glinne - The Vision of MacConglinne
Baile Binnbérlach mac Buain - Baile the Sweet-Spoken, son of Buan
Buile Shuibhne - The Frenzy of Suibhne
Caithréim Cellaig - The Noble Career of Cellach
Cath Almaine - The Battle of Allen
Cath Maige Mucrama - The Battle of Mag Mucrama
Ceart Claidib Cormaic - The Decision as to Cormac’s Sword
Compert Mongáin ocus Serc Duibe-Lacha do Mongán - The Conception of Mongán and Dub-Locha’s love for Mongán
Echtra Chondla - The Adventure of Connla the Fair
Echtra Cormaic i Tír Tairngirí - Cormac’s Adventure in the Land of Promise
Echtra Fergusa maic Léti - The Adventure of Fergus mac Léti
Echtra mac nEchach Muigmedóin - The Adventure of the Sons of Eochaid Muigmedón
Esnada Tige Buchet - The Songs of Buchet’s House
Fingal Rónáin - How Ronan slew his Son
Geneamuin Chormaic - The Birth of Cormac
Immram Brain - The Voyage of Bran son of Febal
Longes Mac n-Uislenn - The Exile of the Sons of Uisliu
Scéla Cano meic Gartnáin - The Story of Cano son of Gartnán
Scéla Guairi meic Colmáin ocus Meic Teléne - The story of Guaire mac Colmáin and Mac Teléne
Tochmarc Étaíne - The Wooing of Étaín
Togail Bruidne Dá Derga - The Destruction of Dá Derga’s Hostel