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Manannán mac Lir Sightings

  • The Voyage of Bran 599 - 699

    This story tells of the Irish hero Bran, who decided to take a trip to the Otherworld. While he was there, he met Manannán, who came skipping over to say hi in his chariot and welcomed him to his home.

  • The Boyhood Deeds of Finn 1099 - 1199

    In this magical tale, a girl named Aoife fell in love with Manny's son, Ilbreac. Eventually, though, another lass got jealous of Aoife and turned the girl into a crane. When Aoife-the-crane died, Manny skinned her and turned her into a bag in which he kept magical stuff.

  • "The Sickbed of Cuchulainn" in The Book of the Dun Cow 1099 - 1199

    Cuchulainn got his hero on quite often. In this story, when he came to the defense of some ghostly creatures, Cuchulainn fell head over booted heels with Manannán's wife, the gorgeous Fand. The two got groovy together, but Fand realized she was still in love with her hubby and went back to him. In order to cover up his embarrassment, Manny shook his cloak of forgetfulness over Cuchulainn so that he wouldn't remember his sexy time with Fand.

  • "The Adventure of Cormac mac Airt" 1299 - 1399

    In this adventurous story, Cormac mac Airt went out to search for his missing fam and, when he stopped at a farm for the night, kvetched to his host about his lost family. Cormac was one lucky dude—when he woke up, his family was in front of him. His host turned out to be Manannán mac Lir, the kindest of gods. As a last present, Manny gave Cormac a golden goblet that would shatter if the king lied three times, but would come together if he spoke truth three times. That's a good way to keep a husband honest.

  • "Mannanan Beg Mac y Leirr" 1799 - 1899

    This traditional ballad from the Isle of Man tells Manny's story. He skipped on over to the Isle of Man. Because he wasn't a Christian in the time of St. Patrick, though, good ol' St. Patty booted him from the island.

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