Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) Topics for Further Study

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Topics for Further Study

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The artifacts that are described in the Táin Bó Cúailnge have often been compared to the artifacts and the decorative style of the La Têne culture. Research the La Têne style in Europe, Britain, and Ireland and its persistence in Irish art.

Early medieval Ireland produced more than a vernacular literature. It had an enormous effect on Western literary culture, even on the basic level of how a text is presented on the page. Investigate the development of word division, punctuation, and page layout in early Irish and Irish-influenced manuscripts.

The excavation at Navan Fort, the site of Emain Macha, has uncovered an Iron Age complex that is probably religious in nature. The interpretive center is an integral part of an initiative in Northern Ireland to give a sense of cultural inclusion to both communities in Northern Ireland. Research the differing attitudes of Northern Nationalists and Unionists in relation to the Táin Bó Cúailnge.

The Táin Bó Cúailnge is full of incidents that explain place names. Research the place names in your own locality to establish what lies behind them.