Ó COLMÁIN, Micheál. Clann Lir. Ar na mhaisiú do Abhuistín O Maolaoidh. Ar n-a aithscríobh do Mhicheál Ó Colmáin.


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Baile Atha Cliath: Cló na gCoinneal, n.d. (c.1925). Quarto. pp. 16. Pictorial stapled wrappers with folding flaps. Printed in the ‘Petrie’ typeface. Staples a little rusty. Tanning to border of cover. A good copy. Rare.
The legendary historical setting of the story is the end of the dominion of the Tuatha De Danann, and the corresponding rise of the Milesians. King Lir in this story was the rival of Bodb Dearg for the kingship of the Tuatha Dé Danann after their retreat into the fairy mounds. In order to appease Lir, Bodb gave one of his daughters to marry him, Aebh. The couple had four children, one girl, Fionnuala, and three sons, Aed and twins, Fiachra and Conn.
Aebh died and, not wanting the children to remain motherless, Bodb sent another of his daughters, Aoife, to marry Lir. Aoife, the evil stepmother grew jealous of the children and cursed them to live as swans for 900 years. They can only be changed back when twin mountain peaks, the Man from the North and the Woman from the South, are joined.

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