Study Guide

Manannán mac Lir Sightings

Sightings

Dec 20, 0599 - Dec 20, 0699

The Voyage of Bran

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.

Dec 20, 1099 - Dec 20, 1199

The Boyhood Deeds of Finn

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.

Dec 20, 1099 - Dec 20, 1199

"The Sickbed of Cuchulainn" in The Book of the Dun Cow

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.

Dec 20, 1299 - Dec 20, 1399

"The Adventure of Cormac mac Airt"

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.

Dec 20, 1799 - Dec 20, 1899

"Mannanan Beg Mac y Leirr"

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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