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Irelands Legends

Cethramtu rannaigechta moire — Irish poetry form

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King , Queen Medb, warrior Chulainn.

Ireland’s myths
Kings and queens
Celtic dreams

God king Lugh
Oaths truth law
Saves Danan
Kills Balor

Queen Maeve strength
Connaught reins
Cooley bull
Was her bain

Ulster’s hound
Cu Chulainn
All foe’s slain

Dedicated to: Sylvia Wohlfarth, Orla Kenny, kurt gasbarra, Eli Snow, Kyomi O'Connor

Dr. Amy Pierovich & Patrick M. Ohana (who I can not highlight this time, I’ve tried every which way I bleedin’ well can!) Here’s your answer to Irish form poetry.

King Lugh, (Lu) was a god-king who saved the Tuatha De Dannan, (Danan for short) from his evil giant grandfather Balor, leader of the fomorans, (a race of unfavourable grotesque beings), who wreaked destruction when his large eye was opened. (Sound familiar?)
Lugh destroyed Balor with his slingshot driving Balor’s eye out the back of his head.

Queen Maeve, (Medb) was a ruthless leader of Connaught, (western counties of Ireland) who competed against her husband, Alill, a king she thought too weak. Queen Maeve mounted an ambitious raid for the prize bull of Ulster, Donn Cuailnge, in the Tain Bo Cuailgne (the battle of cooley). Unfortunately for Maeve, her army found themselves losing to the greatest warrior in Irish mythology who swore to protect Ulster. (Northern counties of Ireland).

Cu Chulainn, “The Hound of Ulster” so named after slaying the mighty Wolfe hound of King Conchobar’s smith Chulainn one ill-gotten night in self-defence with hurling stick and ball. Cu Chulainn was Irelands greatest ever warrior, unbeaten in battle, known for his “riastrad”, (battle frenzy) who all enemies were terrified. Unbeknown to Cu Chulainn, he was Lugh’s Son, who came to heal the fatally wounded “hound” during the cooley battle at just seventeen! A wicked Queen Maeve saw to the demise of the hound, with wretched trickery in revenge for her loss over the cooley bull.

This Irish poetic form is a response to Literary Impulse’s prompt, ‘Uncommon Poetic Forms’. prompted by Somsubhra Banerjee


Here are the guidelines for the cethramtu rannaigechta moire:

Quatrain (four-line stanza) form
All the lines have three syllables
Lines two and four end rhyme.

Here’s the link should you fancy a go.

I graciously tag Irish Titans! Sylvia Wohlfarth, Orla Kenny, Kyomi O'Connor
along with Titan guests, kurt gasbarra, & Eli Snow who I said I would never tag, ah, it’s da craic Eli, do one of your Nordic legend pieces, pre Celtic Irish ancestor blarney shtuff.

Thank you as always, Somsubhra Banerjee, Priyanka Srivastava, Elisabeth Khan, Nachi Keta, For giving my words a platform. 🙏✨🙏✨🙏✨🙏✨
Thank you all for reading and your precious time. Always. J. 🙏☘✨



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James G Brennan

James G Brennan


Writes eclectic free verse poetry and is free to read. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.