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Episode 14 - The Children of Lir

16th August 2008, 29m 3s, 26.7Mb

The Children of Danu choose Bodb Dearg as a new High King for themselves much to King Lir's displeasure. To bring the clans together, Bodb's foster-daughter marries Lir and bears four beautiful children to him. Sadly she dies and Lir marries her sister, who in jealousy curses the Children and turns them all into swans..

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News & Views

We tell our listeners about the new Contributor pages and repeat our invitation to send us stories of your ancestors for our Samhainn Holiday Special. We would also like to offer a platform for those authors, musicians and bloggers who work in the Celtic field. You can find all the ways to contact us on our Contact Us page.

The Children of Lir statue
The Children of Lir Statue

The Statue of the Children of Lir Statue in the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin

The Children of Lir

Names Used within the Tale (in order of occurrence)

For more information about the Characters below, see our Biographies section.

Children of Danu Bodb Dearg Lir
Sruth na Maoile Fionnuala Carraig na Ron
Aodh Lough Dairbhreach Fiachra
Conn Maoile Erin
Alban Banna Aodh Aithfhiosach
Fergus Fithchiollach Riders of the Sidhe Sidhe Fionnachaidh
Manannan Angus Tuatha De Danaan
Irris Domnann Ochone Inis Gluaire
Lough na-n Ean Inis Geadh Accuill
Donn Son of Mil Connacht
Aibric (Saint) Mochaemhog Lairgren
Colman Cobthach Deoch
Finghin Aoife Cill Dun

Feedback & Comments

We read some listener email and introduce some new podcasts that we have been listening to. Stephen's Celtic Music list can be found here.


Irish Emigrant Podcast, News from home for the Irish Emigrant. It podfaded in 2006 but the back episodes are still available on iTunes and the website is still very current.

Ravencast, An Asatru podcast for and about our community. We’ll have great interviews, discuss Lore, our gods and goddesses, and anything else relating to Asatru.

Special Thanks

For voice acting:


Edward, our son, as the Kings of the Tuatha De Danaan
Matt Howard, as the Sons of Lir


For incidental music:

Diane Arkenstone The Secret Garden. See the Contributor page for details.

Kim Robertson, Angels in Disguise, All or None . See the Contributor page for details.

Jigger Time Ticks Away. See the Contributor page for details.

Teresa Doyle Gabham Molta Bhride (Ode to Brigid) . See the Contributor page for details.

For our Theme music:

The Skylark and Haghole, Culann's Hounds, http://www.sfhounds.com. See the Contributor page for details.



Joseph Jacobs. Celtic Fairy Tales. Based on P.W. Joyce's version in Old Celtic Romances.

The Fate of the Children of Lir, Mary Jones - Celtic Literature Collective

The Children of Lir by Cruachan

The Children of Lir, poem by "A.E."

Old Celtic Romances
, P W Joyce

The Children of Lir, Legendary Fictions of the Ancient Celts, Patrick Kennedy

And, of course, the Awen - inspiration and imagination!



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