The Tain Bo Culaigne

The Cattle-Raid of Cooley
(Táin Bó Cúalnge)

from "The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" (1914) by Joseph Dunn, London: David Nutt.

The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge) is the central epic of the Ulster cycle. Queen Medb of Connaught gathers an army in order to gain possession of the most famous bull in Ireland, which is the property of Daire, a chieftain of Ulster. Because the men of Ulster are afflicted by a debilitating curse, the seventeen-year-old Cuchulain must defend Ulster single-handedly.

Here Beginneth The Cualnge Cattle-raid
The Occasion of the Táin
The Rising-Out of the Men of Connacht at Cruachan Ai
The Foretelling
This is the Route of the Táin
The March Of The Host
The Youthful Exploits Of Cuchulain
The Slaying Of The Smith's Hound By Cuchulain, And The Reason He Is Called Cuchulain
The Taking Of Arms By Cuchulain And The Slaying Of The Three Sons Of Necht Scenè
The Slaying Of Orlam
The Slaying Of The Three Macarach
The Combat Of Lethan And Cuchulain
The Killing of The Squirrel And of The Tame Bird
The Slaying Of Lochè
The Killing Of Uala
The Harrying Of Cualnge Followeth Here Below
The Proposals
The Violent Death Of Etarcumul
The Slaying Of Nathcrantail
The Finding of The Bull
The Slaying of Redg The Satirist
The Meeting of Cuchulain And Finnabair
The Combat Of Cûr With Cuchulain
The Slaying Of Ferbaeth ('The Witless')
The Combat Of Larinè MacNois
The Slaying of Loch Son of Mofemis
The Violation of the Agreement
The Great Rout on The Plain of Murthemne
The Slaughter of The Youths of Ulster
The Scythed Chariot
The Account Of The Appearance Of Cuchulain
Dubthach's Jealousy
The Slaying Of Oengus Son Of Oenlam
The Battle Of Fergus And Cuchulain
The Head-Place Of Ferchu
The Combat of Calatin's Children
The Combat of Ferdiad and Cuchulain
Cuchulain and the Rivers
Cethern's Strait Fight
Cethern's Bloody Wounds
The Tooth-Fight of Fintan
The Red-Shame of Menn
The White-Fight of Rochad
Iliach's Clump-Fight
The Deer-Stalking of Amargin in Taltiu
The Repeated Warning of Sualtaim
The Order of the Men of Ulster
The Agitation of Celtchar
The Array of The Host
The Decision of the Battle
The Battle of Garech
The Muster of The Men of Erin
The Battle of The Bulls
The Account of The Brown Bull of Cualnge