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JTT Lyr Req: Rank Strangers (23) RE: Rank strangers to me? 17 Oct 00


Oh boy! It's the story of Oisin!

For those not schooled in Gaelic lore, Oisin was the son of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a guy who kept order and made poetry and loved hunting.

One day Fionn and his crowd, the Fianna, were hanging out in Gleann na Smol, just south of Dublin, (the Valley of the Thrushes, it means) and a blonde rode up on a white horse and persuaded Oisin to go with her.

They went off to Hy Brasil, the Land of the Ever-Young, otherwise known as Tir na n-Og, or more correctly Tir na h-Oige, and after a couple of years Oisin got lonesome for home.

Niamh (the blonde) told him that he could go home for a visit, but whatever he should do he shouldn't get off the horse.

So he was riding around Ireland looking for Fionn and the Fianna and getting funny looks, and seeing grass grow over Tara and over Fionn's gaff at the Hill of Allen.

He went to Gleann na Smol and there he saw a bunch of guys trying to move a little stone. He leaned off the horse and picked it up and threw it (it's still there where he threw it, today) and the girth broke on his horse, and he fell down. As soon as he hit the ground he turned into a 300-year-old man, and had the misfortune of having long debates with St Patrick, who supposedly converted him to Christianity. Yeah, right.

But all that stuff about the old folks being gone, that's the centre of the Oisin myth.


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