The Tain or "Tain Bo Cuailnge," translated as "The Cattle Raid of Cuailnge," is considered the nearest equivalent Ireland has to a national epic. The central events of the story revolve around the theft of a prized and legendary cow (the titular Donn Cuailnge) by King Ailill and his Queen, Medb, and the subsequent great battle to avenge this theft, almost singlehandedly waged by Irish hero Cuchulainn.
This text, patched together from a variety of ancient sources, first tells the tale of the birth of Conchobor, who would rise to usurp the throne of an Irish land called Ulster. The Ulster people, cursed by a woman, would unfortunately be wracked by great periodic pains, similar to labor pains, called "The Pangs of Ulster," that immobilize them.
Beyond Conchobor, the more important hero to Tain, however, is Cuchulainn, whose birth story is next related. In a magical series of...
The Tain Lesson Plans contain 134 pages of teaching material, including: