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Scéal Tragóideach Áine, Máthair Labhraidh Loingsigh  /  The Tragic Story of Áine, Mother of Labhraidh Loingseach

Scéal Tragóideach Áine, Máthair Labhraidh Loingsigh / The Tragic Story of Áine, Mother of Labhraidh Loingseach

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ÁINE

The Mythological Underpinning

In our mythological tradition, Labhraidh was the great divine ancestor of the Laighin and certain other peoples claimed that they descended from the goddess Áine.  Therefore, it’s possible that this story was first told as a myth.  If so, the story was changed in the early Christian period so that it claims now, as it comes down to us from the 8th century, that the characters in it were humans rather than divine beings.  

The Beginning of the Story

The story begins when Labhraidh is a little boy.  Labhraidh’s father is Ailill Áine, prince of Leinster.  The father of Ailill Áine and grandfather of Labhraidh is Lóegaire Lorc, High-King of Ireland. Lóegaire Lorc had a brother, i.e., Cobhthach Caol, a very jealous and deceitful man who pretended that he was dying in order to lure his brother Lóegaire Lorc into a trap.  Out of love and pity, Lóegaire came to say goodbye to Cobhthach, but Cobhthach stabbed him with a knife and he died ....  

Format:  dual-language PDF, Irish and English side by side

Length:  approximately 750 words per language, 1500 in total, on 4 pages

Download this dual-language document to get the whole story! 



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