Irish Myths and Legends


Irish Myths and Legends

Read through a selection of Irish Myths and Legends, all are free and printable! Browse the selection of famous myths as well as less familiar stories from Irish folklore. Mythology is full of amazing creatures and people. Immerse yourself in the dream like world of mythical beasts and events, a great way to escape from everyday life! Introduce the stories to your children, they are all free to print, perfect bedtime stories!

The Celtic people are renowned for their love of stories and story telling. There are a huge number of famous legends associated with the Irish Celtic people. We have included a selection of Celtic Myths and many include beautiful images.

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Definition of a Myth
What is a Myth? A myth is considered to be a traditional story containing supernatural characters such as unicorns, dragons or gods. A myth is known as a 'True Story' as opposed to a fable which is considered a 'False Story'. Myths are strongly linked to religion and as such the characters and plots however unlikely are believed to be real and a true recount of the past.

Definition of a Legend
What is a Legend?  A Legend is a story which has been passed from one generation to another. The events of a legend are not verifiable through history. Legends are often associated with saints and the extraordinary lives they led, legends can also contain mythical characters and are often about mythical places. The Irish people are a nation of story tellers, they have a huge amount of magical legends relating to their ancestors, we have included a small selection below for you to read or print. Many of the characters from the selection of legends below will be familiar to most; Oisin and Fin MacCumhail for example but we have also included a selection of less familiar legends for you to enjoy.

Irish Myths - Mythology and Legends
The Celtic people are renowned for their love of stories and story telling. There are a huge number of famous legends associated with the Irish Celtic people. Tales such as The Children of Lir,  The Banshee and the land of eternal youth - Tir na n-Og are just a few examples of Irish myths. A selection of Celtic Myths are listed below, simply click on a link to read the full text of the story, many also include beautiful images. Read online, download to your ebook reader or print the story to read at a later date, an ideal choice for bedtime stories!

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 The Shee an Gannon and the Grugach Gaire
The Fisherman's Son and the Grugach of Tricks
Fin MacCumhail and the Fenians of Erin in the Castle of Fear Dubh
Fin MacCumhail and the Knight of the Full Axe
Gilla na Grakin and Fin MacCumhail
Fin MacCumhail The Seven Brothers and the King of France
Fin MacCumhail and the Son of the King of Alba
The Weaver's Don and the Giant of the White Hill
The King of Erin and the Queen of the Lonesome Island
The Three Daughters of the King of the East and the Son of a King in Erin
The Son of the King of Erin and the Giant of Loch Lein

The Story Of The Children Of Lir
The Quest Of The Sons Of Turenn
The Secret Of Labra
King Lubdan And King Fergus
The Carving Of Mac Datho's Boar
The Vengeance Of Mesgedra
The Story Of Etain And Midir
How Ethne Quitted Fairyland
Oisín In The Land Of Youth
The Stolen Bride
The Death Sign
Birth of Fin MacCumhail
The Three Daughters of King O'Hara
Fair, Brown and Trembling
Oisin in Tir Na N-Og
The Thirteenth Son of the King of Erin
Kil Arthur
Black, Brown and Gray
Connla And The Fairy Maiden
The Field Of Boliauns
The Horned Women
Conall Yellowclaw
Hudden And Dudden And Donald O'Neary

The Boyhood Of Finn Mac Cumhal
The Coming Of Finn
Finn's Chief Men
The Tale Of Vivionn The Giantess
The Chase Of The Gilla Dacar
The Birth Of Oisín

The Child's Dream

Irish Myths and Legends - Celtic Mythology
In Irish Mythology the Fomorians or Fomóraig were a race that were believed to inhabit the earth in ancient time before the gods, they included:

  • Balor
  • Banba
  • Bres
  • Buarainech
  • Cethlenn
  • Corb
  • Elatha
  • Ériu
  • Ethlinn
  • Fodla
  • Tethra

Irish Myths and Legends  - Mythical Characters
The following are just a selection of supernatural creatures that appear in mythology, these amazing magical creatures are characters in Celtic Myths and Legends, browse the selection of stories included in this section to find out more!

  • Dragons
  • Unicorns
  • Gods
  • Sea Creatures
  • Dwarfs
  • Warriers
  • Elves
  • Giant
  • Troll
  • Mermaid
  • Griffin

Irish Myths and Legends  - Mythology Tattoos
Mythological creatures are an ideal choice for a tattoos particularly for people of Irish or Celtic heritage, what better way to show pride in your roots or families heritage by having an image of an amazing magical creature for all to see? Browse through our selection of Celtic myths and legends, find a story you enjoy and perhaps print off one of the pictures to use for inspiration as your next tattoo design! We have also included a section about Celtic Symbols, these designs also make fantastic tattoos.

Irish Myths and Legends

  • Famous Irish Myths

  • Celtic Mythology

  • Read a selection for Free!

  • Online & Printable Myths

  • Celtic Myths for the whole family to enjoy

  • Mythical Creatures such as Leprechauns, Giants and Dragons

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Irish Myths and Legends
Discover the vast selection of pictures relating to Celtic Mythology and illustrating the many different symbols that represent these Irish legends such as The Banshee and Leprechauns! The pictures show the different mythical creatures that are associated with the myths and folklore of this amazing country. A great resource for all ages. Useful as an educational history resource for kids and children of all ages as well as those wanting to learn more about the history and meaning of individual legends. Perhaps you are researching a mythical creature for a tattoo design or simply want to read the story of a particular Celtic myth, look no further, just click on the link for each Celtic Myth to read the full text of the story for free! We have included pictures and videos to accompany some of the stories the Myths and Legends section. The videos enable fast access to the images and pictures together with the script of each legend. All of the articles and pages on the About Ireland site can be accessed via the about Ireland Index - a great educational resource to learn more about Ireland!


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