Where do we get these legends? The books of Dun Cow, Leinster and Lismore

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The primary sources for these legends are the old books of Ireland where the ancient legends and sagas and stories of Gods and Heroes can be found. They were the folklore of the time and written by the monks of old. The partial remains of the Ancient Irish Manuscripts, such as the following, still survive today and are housed in our great libraries:

Book of Duncow
The Book of the Dun Cow

Leabhar na hUidre from Clonmacnoise, circa 1000ad, and now preserved in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, contains the great epic of the Táin Bó Cuailnge.

Book of Leinster
The Book of Leinster

Leabhar na Nuachongbala, contains information on the pre-Christian Ireland, and the Táin Bó Cuailgne, Fionn Mac Cumhaill andthe Fianna and a list of the Irish Kings is now in Trinity College, Dublin.

The Book of Lismore
Contains stories of Conor Mac Nessa and Cu Cúchulainn of Ulsteras well as stories of Fionn and the Fianna.

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About this record

Written by Finbarr O'Regan

Published here 05 Feb 2021 and originally published 2012

Page 004 of the Athenry Mythology archive.

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