Sunday, October 17, 2010

Setanta / Cú Chulainn, Sculpture of Irelands greatest Warrior

Setanta or Cú Chulainn (the hound of Chulainn) as he is more widely known was the greatest warrior in Ireland. When he was mortally wounded he refused to die lying down and lashed himself to a stone post, only when a raven landed on his shoulder his enemies thought it safe to approach, but as his head was been chopped of he cut the hand of the man who killed him. more of his story here
This Sculpture stands in the front window of the GPO(General Post Office) in Dublin where the leaders of the 1916 uprising  read out the Proclamation of Independence. It is probably not a coincidence that one of the last leaders to be executed had to be tied to a chair, as he too was not able to stand, this execution turned  the peoples opinion, more on that here

2 comments:

Charlie Adley said...

I love the shot which combines the Celtic cross and the round tower - the perspective is really imposing, as if they're lurching towards you.

The stone lass in the grave is striking too, almost appearing as if the corpse was petrified into stone. Lovely stuff.

Paz said...

i assume in the Clonmacnoise pics :P, they were 2 of my favourites too, great minds or fools....