BBC NI Schools
Programme 1: Growing Up
Granda is persuaded by his grandchildren to tell them one of his Irish stories.
He relates to them the story of Setanta (a.k.a. Cú Chulainn) who enjoys a happy school-free childhood until he feels that he must fulfil his destiny. An eagle informs the boy that he is special and 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.