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Programme 4: The Great Challenge
Granda explains 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 Cú Chulainn 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 Cú Chulainn. Against his better judgement Ferdia is lured into facing his friend and kinsman Cú Chulainn. Granda leaves the story to be continued.