Monday, February 1, 2010

Road Sculpture, Táin Bó Cúailnge , the Cattle raid of Cooley, Co Louth

This Sculpture commererate's Táin Bó Cúailnge , the Cattle raid of Cooley. It is one of the legendary tales from Irish history and is written in prose form and includes supernatural beings and epic battles.

I will post the full story later elsewhere but the readers digest version of the tale is Queen Medb (Maeve) of Connaught was arguing with her husband Ailill one evening over which of them were the richest* , one thing that made Medbh mad with jealousy was Ailill's Great white bull was better than anything she possessed. She found out that Daire of Cooley on the other side of the country had a bull twice the size of Ailills. She sent messengers to Daire and they came to an agreement where she would get the lend of the bull for a year.
However one of the messengers got drunk and let it slip that they would have taken the bull by force, if they did not come to an agreement. Daire was furious  when he heard this and told the messengers that Medb would have to take the bull by force. She sent her army and even with the help of Daires greatest warrior Cuchulainn** and Supernatural beings Daire could not prevent them taking the bull.


* Until the 17th Century Women had equal rights as men, then the British declared them barbaric and outlawed them, bringing their more civilised system of class and women being second class citezens.
**Cuchulainn (the hound of Culann) was one of Irish greatest warriors, his real name was Setanta and he got his name from killing the hound that protected Culann. He was small in stature but in battle would transform into a raging warrior, he was a descendant  of the Gods.

17 comments:

findabair said...

That's a cool one - hadn't seen that one before. The silhouette-like effect is really cool!

There is a Táin walking trail I think; would like to spend a whole summer walking that some year...

Paz said...

The Tain trail would take the summer.

Leisha Camden said...

Cool ... !!! What is it made from, metal wire?

Paz said...

yep a wire mesh construction, when driving by it often reminds me of a 3d computer model

Leisha Camden said...

You're right, that's exactly what it looks like ... ! :-D

Ben said...

Ive just seen this site by accident, you are correct it is stainless steel wire or tube really that has been twisted and welded into place. The idea was that it would represent the ghost of the brown bull of Cooley. I really like the idea of it being like a computer graphic though, I'd never thought of it that way before. I am the artists daughter, so it makes me very proud to see that people like it! He also did the Cu Chulainn sculpture on the Tain bridge and a sculture of Ferdia's helmet "The Fallen Warrior" in Ardee.

Paz said...

It is one of the most striking Sculptures I have seen, the pity is I have had to explain to guys travelling with me the meaning of it, damn kids these days.
I also love Ferdias helmet near the roundabout in Ardee, but I am always going by when the traffic is busy, which seems to be always and have not gotten a picture of it yet, I will look out for the other one.
BTW can you give your fathers name so I can give him credit, could not find much information on it, the NRA has no links for the sculptures it commissions

Phili said...

The Bull statue is truly remarkable. a real beauty. How on earth do they/did he make it? A very BIG WOW! and Thank you Artist. x Phili

Paz said...

see the comment from Ben above. thanks for visiting

Peter Rozovsky said...

A lovely photo. I'll look for the site the next time I visit Ireland. I'm reading The Tain now.
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Paz said...

Its on the Dundalk bypass heading north, cant miss it

Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks. I used one of the photos to illustrate a post I made about the Tain, with a credit and a link to this blog. Let me know if this is a problem!

Paz said...

noticed ;), I dont mind once I get credit

Peter Rozovsky said...

I rode the bus from Dublin to Belfast my first time in Ireland, so I may have passed it. I didn't know to look for it, though. I may be back again soon. If so, I'll keep my eyes open.

The photos that appear to have been taken at dusk are beautiful enough that I'd give you credit even if you didn't want it.
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storyarchaeology.com said...

I would like to use one of your beautiful images of this sculpture to head up a podcast episode on storyarchaeology.com. You will be credited, of course but I wish I could find out the name of the sculpter as well. Thanks Chris

Paz said...

Chris see comment above from Ben, should help you trace it, P

Paz said...

Chris see comment above from Ben, should help you trace it, P