Located around the village of TULSK, 15km southeast of Frenchpark, is a rich array of earthworks, ring forts, standing stones and caves betokening one of Ireland’s major mythological areas. According to The Annals of the Four Masters it was here that Medb, the warrior queen and earth goddess who features heavily in the Táin Bó Cúailnge, sited her palace Cruachan, the location of the epic’s opening and gory conclusion. Away from the world of legend, Tulsk was certainly the seat of the Kings of Connacht, and the ruins of their medieval castle are visible in the village. A map of the sites is available from the Cruachan Aí visitor centre (pronounced “crew-han ee”), just west of the crossroads in Tulsk, and it’s essential to ask the staff about which are currently accessible.

 

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