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Dindshenchas 09: Tocmarc Étaíne 1 – A Fly On The Wall

Sculpture of Étaín by Éamonn O'Doherty standing in the park near the Ardagh Heritage Centre, Co. Longford

Sculpture of Étaín by Éamonn O’Doherty (Isolde’s late uncle)

The saga Tocmarc Étaíne,The Wooing of Étaín”, is a complex and engaging tale of love, loss and time twists.  We encounter jealous husbands, repudiated wives and bewildering shape-shifting, all stretching over a thousand years.

The Story Archaeologists wander through the first part this magnifigant story, rediscovering old friends and meeting some new, including a very unusual fly.

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By The Story Archaeologists.

Music: “Tam Lin” by Gian Castello.


  1. thank you for this podcast episode, I have just read an excerpt of the Wooing of Etain in the book The Wisdom of the Mythtellers by Sean Kane and this is a wonderful accompaniment,
    expanding the tale greatly for me :) I look forward to listening to the other episodes.


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