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CLIP 7833

'Cúchulainn': Growing up (pt 1/5)

'Cúchulainn': Growing up (pt 1/5)
Key Info
  • 'Cúchulainn': Growing up (pt 1/5)
  • Duration: 04:28
  • 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.
  • Subject:



    Stories: From Other Cultures

  • Keywords: legend, Irish, warrior, Hound of Ulster, Cúchulainn, Táin Bó Cúailnge, The Cattle Raid of Cooley
Ideas for use in class
  • 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?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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