The Lore of Ireland

The Lore of Ireland

An Encyclopaedia of Myth, Legend and Romance

Dáithí O hOgáin


Boydell Press



The definitive reference book on Ireland's cultural and religious heritage.
Ireland has one of the finest cultural heritages and a standard reference book combining the related subjects of folklore, myth, legend and romance is long overdue. There are 350 substantial entries, in alphabetical order from Abán, a 6th-century saint, to Weather, all with full references to sources, a synopsis of relevant stories, and discussion of their origin, nature and development. These are complimented by a genre-list of material under various headings, such as Mythical Lore, Fianna Cycle, Ulster Cycle, King Cycles, Peoples and Traditions, Religious Lore, and Folk Custom and Belief. There is also a wealth of genealogical detail, indicating how historical and social circumstances have influenced the growth and spread of Irish lore.

DAITHI O HOGAIN, Associate Professor of Irish Folklore at University College Dublin, was an international authority on folklore and traditional literature.


April 2006
549 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843832157
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC REF010000, REF007000
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An exhaustive collection of folktales and history from the Emerald Isle. An essential resource about Ireland's legends. RENAISSANCE MAGAZINE
Superb from beginning to end. [...] Essential for all scholars of Ireland's mythology. FORTEAN TIMES
With its profusion of atmospheric allusions and spirited retellings, grounded in a scholarly acuity, [it] adds up to a complex delineation of an ancient, reimagined and still functioning cultural terrain. TLS
An invaluable resource for Hibernophiles. This is a refreshing and reasonably priced new treatment of Ireland's lore. CHOICE

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