Take a journey back in time and follow in the footsteps of the kings and queens that shaped Ireland for centuries. The online travel company Expedia has recently launched a website that tells the stories of eleven historic Irish Kings and Queens, from the great Brian Boru to Mael Muire, the first non-Celtic Queen of Ireland.
Who Was Queen Maeve of Connacht?
The warrior queen of Connacht, Queen Maeve (or Medb, the old Irish spelling) is most famous for battling it out at the Táin Bo Cuilnge (Cattle Raid of the Cooley), a story told as part of the Ulster Cycle. She was supposedly born in Rathcroghan (in Irish Ráth Cruachan, meaning ‘fort of Cruachan’), County Roscommon and legend has it that she died and was buried in Knocknarea. Today, visitors can take the Queen Maeve Knockerea Trail and see the site of her supposed burial place.
In the many stories cataloging Maeve’s life, she is described as a goddess and brave queen, but in others as feisty and difficult.
Maeve is believed to have taken over from her father who was the King of Connacht, when he went on to become High King of Ireland. Maeve’s first husband was Conchobar mac Nessa, the High King of Ulster, with whom she had a son, Amalghad. Maeve supposedly left Conchobar after taking a disliking to him and is said to have gone on to marry four other kings during her lifetime.
The mystery that surrounds Maeve is probably what makes her such an interesting character. To some, she was a goddess and impressive woman, and the reason behind most of her husbands becoming kings. For others, a feisty and belligerent character who set out to cause trouble. Whatever her true character, Maeve will certainly be known as a unique and memorable part of Ireland’s history and culture.
Today, visitors can make up their own mind about Queen Maeve at the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk, County Roscommon, where an exhibition takes you through the story of Maeve and how she ruled over Connacht.
You can make up your own mind about Maeve on a visit to the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk, County Roscommon, where an exhibition will take you through the story of Maeve and how she ruled over Connacht.
Follow In Queen Maeve’s Footsteps
Expedia has created a driving route following in the footsteps of Queen Maeve, the famous warrior queen, through counties Roscommon and Sligo.
Check out Maeve’s 2-Day Itinerary on the Expedia Kings and Queens website as part of a trip to the west of Ireland.
Historic Ireland – http://blog.expedia.ie/historic-ireland/
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