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NEW VIDEO - a stroll around Ardee (Co.Louth), battle place from An Táin Bó Cúailnge

Several years ago I read the Thomas Kinsella edition of the (translated) An Táin Bó Cúailnge.
It is actually a wonderful read. Full of war, sex, wine, passion, oversized female egos and overwhelming masculine posturing.
The great thing is that the route of An Táin - from Rathcroghan in Roscommon (see video below), to Cooley in Louth - can still be accurately traced. All the places associated with the key events still exist.
Ardee is a great example.
"Baile Átha Fhirdhia" is where the hero Cúchulainn defeated his lifelong friend (& foster brother) Ferdia following a 3 day battle.
Cúchulainn's grief at slaying his buddy was immense (though it didn't stop him slaughtering several thousand other warriors).
Fast forward 2,000 years and today Ardee is a busy town. A bit too busy actually, with lots of thru traffic on the main Dublin-Derry road.
Nevertheless, it contains a wonderful statue of Cúchulainn holding the slain Ferdia down by the river, where the battle took place.
It also has 2 late medieval castles on the main street, adding more historical credo to the place.
Worth a stop if you are passing thru.


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