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'Cúchulainn': The hero's death (pt 5/5)

'Cúchulainn': The hero's death (pt 5/5)
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  • 'Cúchulainn': The hero's death (pt 5/5)
  • Duration: 04:37
  • In the final part of the story, the army of Connaught is making no headway against Cúchulainn. He was picking Maeve's men off one by one. Ferdia, foster brother of Cúchulainn, is eventually matched against Ulster's hero. For days they battle it out and by night they assist and nurse each other. They pledge always to be brothers but eventually Cúchulainn kills Ferdia. Maeve gets her bull but it is a Pyrrhic victory for she loses him soon after. Sadly Cúchulainn dies of his battle wounds.
  • Subject:

    Literacy

       Topic:

    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
  • Tell the whole story in a cartoon strip format; draw pictures to illustrate the key points in Cúchulainn's story and give the characters words to say.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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