Day: March 7, 2016

Equality for Women in Ancient Ireland

Another brilliant post from Ali Issac about the women of ancient Ireland.


Equality for Women in Ancient Ireland. Equality for Women in Ancient Ireland.

Last year, I wrote a piece for Irish Central based on equality of women in Irish mythology. Those of you who enjoyed ‘Warrior Women’ may find this interesting…

Queen Medb of Connacht is arguably the most famous female character in Irish mythology. Her story is told in the Cattle Raid of Cooley, or Táin Bó Cúailnge in Irish. In it, she competes with her husband, Aillil, over which of them possesses the greatest wealth, and demands the use of Donn Cúailnge, the big brown bull belonging to neighbouring King Dáire mac Fiachna. When he refuses, she has no hesitation in leading her armies into battle to get it.

The very fact that this story has survived culling at the hands of the Christian monks, who fixed the old oral tales in ink on parchment, is testament to how highly she was regarded by…

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