Warrior/Hound of Cullen Picture

Cú Chulainn, famous figure from Irish mythology. Originally named Setanta, as a boy he killed the Irish wolfhound of a man called Cullen. While Cullen searched for a new wolfhound he asked Setanta to stand in for his dog. Cú in Irish means hound as well as warrior, so Setanta came to be called Cu Chulainn (Hound/Warrior of Cullen). His story is the most famous in Irish Mythology and he was a key figure in the Táin Bó Cúailnge.

This is a miniature of sculpture by Oliver Sheppard depicting Cú Chulainn just after he died. He asked to be tied to a rock so he would die standing, but his enemies were too frightened to approach until a raven landed on his shoulder confirming his death.
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