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The Brown Bull of Cooley

The Brown Bull of Cooley

One of the most famous heroic tales tells the story of the
'Tain Bo Cuailnge' or the Great Cattle Raid of Cooley.

Spurred by jealously of her husband's superior bull, Queen Meabh of Connaught sends her army eastwards to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley.

As the warriors of Ulster lie sick due to a spell, only Cuchullain, stands in
the path of the advancing army.

He challenges them in combat, slaying his boyhood friend, until he too is fatally wounded.

The bulls too clash, with the Brown Bull of Cooley killing the White Horned bull from Connaught.

This bull, however, lives peacefully with his family in a field near our house. All the same I was glad that there was both a barbed wire and electric fence between us!

Nikon D7000
1/60s f/8.0 at 35.0mm iso500 full exif

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LynnH27-Aug-2012 20:57
Yes, he is handsome, but it is best to never trust them! Love the story!
Kevin Chester27-Aug-2012 19:52
He looks so harmless:-) Fine looking beast
Ann...27-Aug-2012 13:15
He does look friendly but as you say, the fence between you is wise.
Johnny JAG26-Aug-2012 20:26
Those bigred bulls are usually quite gentle, fortunately!
globalgadabout26-Aug-2012 13:41
he does look a potent guy in this engaging closeup...Morgan Llywelyn wrote an enjoyable novel about Cuchulain titled Red Branch..
Neal Nye26-Aug-2012 10:48
A wonderful shot of these curious creatures!
Noël26-Aug-2012 09:01
Very handsome but menacing too! v
Yvonne26-Aug-2012 08:41
I assume you had a fence between you for this shot! Lovely little story... v
Peggy W26-Aug-2012 04:49
He looks friendly enough but one never knows~ love his curly hair :)
Karen Stuebing25-Aug-2012 22:01
That isn't a friendly look. I'm glad you had a fence between you too. But he sure is pretty with his thick red curly coat. V.
Stephanie25-Aug-2012 21:18
That's a lot of bull! I love his curly head of hair! :) V
Carl Carbone25-Aug-2012 21:16
Nice shot of this handsome gent. Neat how they find interest and come running.
Helen Betts25-Aug-2012 21:13
I'd be a bit worried with that group coming over to see what I was doing! But a great capture of this handsome looking guy! V.
Brian Samuel25-Aug-2012 20:56
He's a handsome brute. Looks like they are all coming over to have a chat with you.
Light_Works25-Aug-2012 20:53
Nice capture! Great title! V.
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