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CLIP 7837

'Cúchulainn': The great challenge (pt 4/5)

'Cúchulainn': The great challenge (pt 4/5)
Key Info
  • 'Cúchulainn': The great challenge (pt 4/5)
  • Duration: 04:28
  • The fourth part of the story begins with Granda explaining to the children how important cattle were to the economy of Ireland long ago and that rivalry and jealousy were as rampant then as now. Queen Maeve of Connaught wants to own the fabled Brown Bull of Cooley. She offers to buy it but the rejection of her offer angers her so much that she decides that she will own that bull come what may. Maeve lines up a formidable army against Ulster and invokes magic against the Ulstermen. Since Cúchulainn is not a born Ulsterman he is unaffected by the spell. Single-handed our hero takes on Maeve's men. Cute and cunning Maeve uses her wiles to make the great Ferdia jealous of Cúchulainn. Against his better judgement Ferdia is lured into facing his friend and kinsman Cúchulainn. Granda leaves the story to be continued. Part 5 can be found in clip 07838.
  • 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
  • Mock up a newspaper report on Cúchulainn’s heroic defence of Ulster. Discuss the elements you'll need: picture, headline, article. If you can, compose your work on the computer.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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