The Cattle Raid of Cooley, Irish Tale
(from 12th century on)

Just the Facts:
  • Name: The Cattle Raid of Cooley
  • Also known as: Táin Bó Cúailnge, or just The Táin
  • Dates: 12th century or later
  • Place: Ireland
  • Language: Gaelic
  • What it is: tells of an attack--styled a "war"--on Ulster by the queen of Connacht and her men, who attempt to steal a bull; Ulster's defense depends on the teenaged hero Cú Chulainn. It is the central text of the "Ulster Cycle," one of the four great cycles of Irish mythology.

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