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Tír na n’óg vs Cúchullain, Gurraneasig National School, 1st - 3rd class


The children of Gurraneasig National School took inspiration from the exhibition, The Essence of Taste, by James L. Hayes in the West Cork Arts Centre and decided to construct an art piece using the theme of opposites emanating from myths and legends they were studying in school, inspired by all the opposites in James L. Hayes piece Looking into the light of dark matters.

They focused on the myths of Tír na nÓg and Cúchullain. One story, Tír na nÓg, being very much based around the theme of love and the opposing theme of war and battle coming across very strongly from the story Cúchullainn.


Materials were important to James L. Hayes work so we thought carefully about what materials to use. The two materials suggested to us by the stories were earth (if Oisín touched Irish soil he could not return to Tír na nÓg),and sea monsters bones, from which, according to legend, the Gae Bolga is made. We couldn’t find any actual seamonsters bones, but we found lots of things on the ground at Howe Strand, Kilbrittain, a mile from our school.


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