Myths & Legends of Carlingford and Mourne

There is no other place in Ireland that can boast such a richness and diversity of myth and legend, folklore and story than Carlingford and Mourne.

This is the land of the great Celtic warrior Cúchulainn,the home of the Brown Bull of Cooley, the place where Queen Maeve of Connacht came to capture it. This is the place that sets the scene for the greatest story of Irish Celtic mythology.

It is the land where Cúchulainn died tied to a rock that still stands in Knockbridge just outside Dundalk. It is the place where the giant Finn McCool stood astride the Cooley Mountains, and fought with Ruiscaire, the giant of the North, as he stood a top Slieve Ban in the Mourne mountains, above Rostrevor in Co Down.

This is the place where the Last Leprechauns of Ireland live below the Slate Rock, all 236 of them and now protected for eternity from hunters and fortune seekers by E.U. directive. It's the resting place of the 7 ft tall Spanish princess who lies buried in “The Long Womans Grave” above Omeath. Here you will find the “Magic hill at Jenkinstown” where stationary cars roll up hill instead of down. 

Here in Carlingford you will find two Proposal stones used by lovers in the 14th and 15th centuries where couples sat and pledged their love for each other in sight of fairy mounds, so that love and life would be protected in the years ahead. And still they come.

Over in Kilbroney you will find The Well of All Healing, and close by is The Whitethorn of the dancing. Not far from there you will hear the story of the Weird Weaver of Warrenpoint, and if you move South towards Greencastle, stories of the skeleton at De Courcey's wedding feast, are still told in hushed tones, and the Hidden Bell of Bronach still sounds in Rostrevor. This is a land of Myth and Legend.

These stories have been written,compiled or adapted by Kevin J. Woods Carlingford Co. Louth and are subject to copywright.