Imagination and Revolution: the Cuchulain Myth

  • Patrick Rafroidi


In the Dublin General Post Office, the headquarters of the 1916 Revolution, Oliver Sheppard’s bronze memorial to the men who started the struggle and sacrificed their lives represents the Celtic warrior Cuchulain — the main hero of the Ulster cycle — tied to a stone pillar facing his enemies, with the raven goddess of war perched on his shoulder, a reminder of whom the revolutionary leader Patrick Pearse ‘summoned to his side’[1] and an apt symbol of the strange marriage which it is our task to try and describe here in the background of, essentially, the first quarter of the twentieth century in Ireland.


IRISH Culture Irish Revolution Internment Camp Forest Glade Revolutionary Leader 
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