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Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam

Pen and ink drawing by Louis le Broquy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sad to note that the artist Louis le Brocquy HRHA died yesterday.  I always loved his illustrations for Thomas Kinsella’s version of the Irish legend “Táin Bó Cuailnge”.  Roughly translated as “The Cattle Raid of Cooley”, the Táin tells the story of the attack on Ulster by Queen Maeve of Connacht.  Ulster was single handedly defended by the warrior Cú Chulainn but he was eventually killed by his childhood friend Ferdia.  A fierce tale of jealousy, valour, friendship and tragedy.

The pen and ink drawing above is entitled “Chariots”.

 

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