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S et a nta. By Donal Cu Chulainn and Adam McQuade. The Republic of Ireland   is a sovereign state in Europe occupying about four fifths of the island of Ireland. The capital city is Dublin, located in the eastern coast of the island.

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s et a nta


By DonalCu ChulainnandAdam McQuade


The Republic ofIreland  is a sovereign state in Europe occupying about fourfifthsof the island of Ireland. The capital cityis Dublin, located in the eastern coastof the island.

  • The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, one of the constituent countries of the United Kingdom. It is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and theIrishSea.
  • It is a unitary ,parliamentary republic with an elected president serving as head of state. The head of government, the Taoiseach, is nominated by the lower house of parliament, DáilÉireann.
the story of setanta
The Story of Setanta
  • As a young boy Setanta was told many stories about his uncle King Conor Mac Nessa, his Kingdom at Emhain Macha and the famous Macraand elitewarriors.
  • Setanta longed to become a member of the Macra and at aged nine set out with determination to acheve his goal. In his hand he carried a Hurley, said to be made out of brass and a sliotar, made out of silver.

Along the journey he would strike the sliotar with the hurl as hard as he could. As Setanta arrived at Emhain Macha the boys of the Macra were playing hurling as King Conor looked on.

  • Setanta rushed in uninvited to play, he beat every boy. In a fit of anger at the intrusion the boys charged at Setanta with their hurleys but he warded them all off, single handedly!

The king intervened and demanded to know who Setanta was and commented that if Setanta was half as good a warrior as he was a hurler then he would be a rare catch! Setanta’s dream came true when King Conor invited him to become a member of The Macra.

  • It was agreed that Setanta would follow Conor to Culann’s house after the game. That night Setantaset off for Culann’s fort with his hurl and sliotar to keep him amused on the journey. As he arrived at Culann’s fort he heard a great growl and saw a slavering giant beast coming towards him.

King connorfrogot to tellCulannaboutSetanta‘slatearrival. Culannreleased his ferociousguard dog!

  • Inside, the feast was interrupted by a ferocious howling. In horror King Conor remembered Setanta and believed his nephew to be torn to shreds by the mighty hound of Culann.

King Conor and Culann rushed outside and were amazed to see Setanta alive and the hound dead. Setantaused his hurl to ram his slioterdownthedogsthroat, killinghim. Culannwasdeeplyupsetthat his dog wasdead.

  • Setantaoffered Culann a deal. If Culann found another young dog Setanta would train the dog to be as magnificent as the one he had killed. In the meantime Setanta himself would defend Culann’s fort and be Culann’s watchdog

Culann happily accepted this offer and Setanta was given the new name of Cú Chulainn, the hound of Cullen. Eventually Setanta completed his promise to Culann but was known as Cú Chulainn until the day he died.


IfCulann were to come to Irelandtoday, he wouldhavetroublewiththe ISPCA as they are responsiblefortheprotectionofanimals in our country.


ThevaluesofSetanta were Misneach, Meitheal and Brod.

  • Misneachmeanscourage, thecourage to beyourself.
  • Meithealmeans support, to support thepeople in need.
  • Brod meanspride, thepride to beIrish.