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Episode 19 - The Hawk of Achill

25th October 2008, 32m 16s, 29.6Mb

In this story, which is part 2 of the 2 part story of Fintan, we hear how the oldest and greatest Seanachi or Story-teller of Ireland, Fintan meets his end. Before he does however, he meets the world's oldest Hawk, an olde friend never before seen, and they share their life histories.

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The Judgement of Fintan

Names Used within the Tale (in order of occurrence)

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

Fintan Diarmait Cerball
Erin Flann Febla Scannlan
Cennfaelad Ailill Temhair
Trefuilngid Tre-ochair Uisnech Drowes
Belach Cuairt Boyne Comar Tri nUsci
Glas Belach Conglais Luimnech
Dun Tulcha Ciarraighe Luachra Bóchra
Inber Bairche Parthalon Aife
Sliabh Elpa Tamlacht Nemed
Iath Boirche Magh Rain Eblenn
Lugh Cian Ethne/Ethliu
Magh Tuiredh Gomer Tuatha De Danaan
Fomori Balor Toga
Sliab Raisen Lecco Tal
Mid Comor Cuan Magh Mais
Gleoir Glainide Lamech
Cessair Bith Noah
Ladru Sons of Mil Achill
Dun Telera Ros Greda Illan
Fian Assaroe Ladra
Bush Bann Nru
Suck Suir Shannon
Slaney Liffey Maigue
Ethne Moy Mourne
Muir Solan Lee
Laune Dael Dubh
Sligo Monad |Erne
Mac Modorn Slainge Eochaid
Druim Ibar Nuada Fodhla
Eo Rossa Mughna Mor Tortan
Conchobar Traigh Baile Cuchulainn
Cúroi Clann Degad Garbh
Starn Naisi Cet
Monodhar mac Cecht Conall Fergus amc Roich
Táin Muirthemne Cu of the Feats
Commor Inis Geidh Magh Leana
Druim Brice Leithin Sliabh Fuaid
Druim Seghsa Lughaine Conn Hundred Battler
Cormac mac Airt Midhe Dathi
Niall Nine-Hostager Diarmuid Donn Fergus mac Cearbhall
Fianna Erc Ochomon
Fidach Brighid Fithier
Rual Annid Ham
Noah Lamech  

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We also send thanks to Anne Roos for her Harping that is heard within this tale.

Anne Roos - Celtic Harper


Anne Roos

Anne has graciously allowed us to use three pieces for Fintan's Harp in this tale. The tracks are Bridget Cruise from the album Haste to the Wedding, The Seas Are Deep from the album Mermaids and Mariners and The Golden Castle from the album A Light in the Forest. More details about Anne and these albums can be found on her Contributor page.


Anne Roos is considered at the top of her field as a Celtic harpist. She is a many-faceted performer who excels as a soloist in concert, as well as with her ensemble, with her years of experience and a wide range of choices from her music list. She is in great demand for corporate and private events and continues to be a favorite to play for weddings and receptions.

Anne’s music repertoire spans traditional Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), English, folk, religious and secular, Early, Renaissance and classical music, to Broadway, contemporary, pop and Jazz, and is virtually unlimited. She can easily provide the traditional “Canon in D” and “Here Comes the Bride” for a wedding processional, and play classic Frank Sinatra or Metallica at a reception. Her ability to faithfully play such a broad range of musical styles has helped to establish her popularity.

Visit Anne's website celtic harp music or find more details on her Contributor page.

Special Thanks


For incidental music:

Jo Morrison for her wonderful harp music used in this episode. You can find her website here. The track we use here as the bardic accompaniment is Chiorsdain's Lullaby. . See the Contributor page for details.

Victor Stellar, The Glacial Epoch from Podsafe Audio . See the Contributor page for details.

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.

For our Theme music:

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





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