About this Piece
Cúchulainn was one of the great superheroes from the Ancient Irish Sagas. He is also known as the Hound of Ulster. He got his name when as a child he fought off Culann's fierce guard-dog in self-defence.
At the age of seventeen, he defended Ulster single-handedly against the armies of queen Medb of Connaught in the epic Táin Bó Cúailnge known as the Cattle Raid of Cooley. It was prophesied that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame, but that his life would be a short one. His fearless reputation was such that even in death the enemy did not approach until a raven landed on his shoulder.
This product measures 37mm long and 14mm wide.
About the Maker
Úna O Boyle is a jewelry designer, maker and storyteller who uses her silversmith craft to retell the ancient stories of her Irish and Celtic culture. She is passionate about the mythology and folklore that define her heritage, and after studying anthropology at university is now studying the Irish language too.
Having grown up in Belfast during the turbulent times of the 70s and 80s, Úna often escaped to rural Donegal on Ireland's remote northwest, a rugged area populated with hidden prehistoric megalithic tombs and ancient standing stones. These local relics are enshrouded in legends, from Diarmuid and Grainne’s grave to the 'little people' living under the mountains. Úna continues that tradition by enshrining her jewelry with Celtic and Irish symbolism, ensuring that these ancient stories live on.