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'Cúchulainn': Growing up (pt 1/5)
The story of Cúchulainn is one of Ireland's best known legends. In the first of a five part series, the children ask their Granda to tell them an Irish story, so he begins the tale of Setanta (later to be known as Cúchulainn). The boy enjoys a happy school-free childhood until he feels he must fulfil his destiny. An Eagle informs him that the God Lugh has a special role for him as a warrior. He must go to Emain Macha to train and learn the skills of war. His arrival is met with consternation by the other trainees. King Conor accepts him but extracts a pledge from Setanta that he will serve the other students. "I will if they will serve me", replies Setanta, so beginning his career as a warrior and a legend. Part 2 can be found in clip 07835.
Use the first episode to discuss the kind of life Setanta had when he was growing up and how it compares with the life children nowadays have. What were the advantages or disadvantages in his lifestyle?
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