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Queen Meabh
31-Jan-2013

Queen Meabh

A funky looking Queen Meabh stares out from a mural depicting the story of An Tain Bo Cuailnge on a town centre building.
Jealous of her husband's prize bull, the Queen of Connaught sent her army across the country to seize the Brown Bull of Cooley. But first they have to defeat the nobel warrior Cu Chulainn who stands in their path, as the knights of Ulster have had a curse put on them.
Eventually Cu Chulainn is slain and Meabh's army seizes the bull and takes him back to Connaught where he fights and kills her husband's bull.
The mural is by two local graffiti artists.

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Ilan Ben Tov07-Feb-2013 20:33
Interesting!
Helen Betts02-Feb-2013 16:53
Wow, fascinating mural, and very nicely captured. The light on her face is excellent in particular. V.
laine02-Feb-2013 07:33
A strong looking woman...a great mural
Alan K02-Feb-2013 03:17
I like the mural, and I like the way you've shot it (leading the eye away and through) but... and I grant you that I've only looked up the potted version... she seems like a thoroughly mean spirited, "all about me" individual. In fact I think it's likely that I dated her. I note that the artist seems to have picked up on this with the green hair and the green eyes, the colour of envy. The (presumably) raven hanging out with her just adds to the vibe.
John Reynolds01-Feb-2013 21:27
An impressive mural. V.
Máire Uí Mhaicín01-Feb-2013 18:56
She looks every inch the femme fatale she was in the saga.
Stephanie01-Feb-2013 14:04
This is a beautiful mural! Interesting information too! :)
Neal Nye01-Feb-2013 12:01
Nice to be reminded of history in such a colorful way.
Colin Storey01-Feb-2013 11:28
Great story and image.
Yvonne01-Feb-2013 05:22
So interesting to hear the story & see the mural, it certainly has been beautifully painted there!
globalgadabout01-Feb-2013 03:38
that's an insightful and modern portrait of Meabh, for surely it was a bold adventure...I know the tale of The Cattle Raid of Cooley best from Morgan Llewelyn's book Red Branch...V
LynnH01-Feb-2013 02:28
What an interesting and telling mural! And the artists are talented!
Brian Samuel31-Jan-2013 22:59
Great story! You have to be impressed with the lengths people went to for prize animals. I admit to having trouble getting my tongue round the names and I wouldn't want to try to pronounce them out loud.
Karen Stuebing31-Jan-2013 22:51
The art work is very well done. I especially like the vivid colors. Interesting legend too. Beautifully photographed. V.
Sheila31-Jan-2013 22:36
It's a very interesting mural.
Walter O. Koenig31-Jan-2013 22:15
Wonderful photo of this impressive mural. Thanks for including the story for it. "V"
tinkerb31-Jan-2013 22:01
I have feeling of deja moo! Quite some story great mural, you feel it could be made into a computer game.
Frank Brault31-Jan-2013 21:50
Thanks for the story. A wonderful mural. V
Johnny JAG31-Jan-2013 20:08
Sounds like a lot of bull to me.
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