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Revisiting Mythical Women 1 – Revisiting Sinann

Sinann, the river Shannon, from a painting by Chris Thompson

Sinann, the river Shannon, from a painting by Chris Thompson


Welcome to series 5 of Acallam na nÉces, “Revisiting Mythical Women”. In our first episode, we take a look back at the stories of Sinann, and the themes that came up when we discussed them in our very first episode.

We’ve added some new discussion to the beginning of the episode, highlighting how Story Archaeology has added to the ideas and approaches that started the whole project. Follow links below to related episodes and some new research into the longevity of stories, the compacted layers of medieval and 19th century scholarship and the central roles of poetry and dindshenchas.

Related episodes

Dindshenchas and the Art of Mythic Cartogrophy 2 – Dindshenchas and Dreamtime

Rowing Around Immráma 8 – The Schocking Revelations Concerning King Cormac Mac Airt

Rowing Around Immráma 12 – In Search of Manannán


“Ireland in the Ice Age” on The Ireland Story:

“Ancient Aboriginal Stories Preserve History of a Rise in Sea Level” on The Conversation:


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by The Story Archaeologists

Music: “Tam Lin” by Gian Castello



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    3. Art For Sinann | Story Archaeology

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