Overlooking the sea front in the town of Ballycastle on the North Antrim coast is this modern piece of sculpture depicting The Children of Lir.From an old Irish ledgend.
Bodb Derg was elected king of the Tuatha Dé Danann, much to the annoyance of Lir. In order to appease Lir, Bodb gave one of his daughters, Aoibh, to him in marriage. Aoibh bore Lir four children: one girl, Fionnuala, and three sons, Aodh and twins, Fiachra and Conn.
Aoibh died, and her children missed her terribly. Wanting to keep Lir happy, Bodb sent another of his daughters, Aoife, to marry Lir.
Jealous of the children's love for each other and for their father, Aoife plotted to get rid of the children. On a journey with the children to Bodb's house, she ordered her servant to kill them, but the servant refused. In anger, she tried to kill them herself, but did not have the courage. Instead, she used her magic to turn the children into swans. When Bodb heard of this, he transformed Aoife into an air demon for eternity.
As swans, the children had to spend 300 years on Lough Derravaragh (a lake near their father's castle), 300 years in the Sea of Moyle, and 300 years on the waters of Irrus Domnann Erris near to Inishglora Island (Inis Gluaire). To end the spell, they would have to be blessed by a monk. While the children were swans, Saint Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity.
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pajaran (41787) 2013-09-07 9:35
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan tekst, lepa legenda ...
Lep pogled na skulpturu i mesto ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo pokazano mesto i skulptura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting text, a beautiful legend ...
Nice view of the sculpture and place ...
A good time recording, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work, nice place and the sculpture shown.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-09-08 3:03
First off, I would like to compliment boththe amazing clarity and the perfect composition of this scene, beautifully done. But I would also like to thank you for sharing your knowledge of this place, I never knew this monument existed and it's really pleasing to see it here this morning. Is as wonderful legend which lends itself so well to fascinating sculpture, as you so so perfectly well here. Great shot and place, thanks for sharing.
All the best
saxo042 (33940) 2013-09-08 4:43
A fine picture from a very good angle. An interesting note to this interesting work of art. Excellent colours!
ikeharel (44125) 2013-09-08 5:03
Great perspective chosen here, perfect position of the beautiful statue against the blue sky, town and the surrounding green hills beyond.
A marvelous piece of art, modern and yet with an ancient legend about.
dta (56784) 2013-09-08 5:13
Hello Arthur ,
Vet good capture of this interesting sculpture . The framing is perfect . The exposure , too , and that is not so easy with this kind of metalic structure . A great blue sky in Ireland in July !
ourania (18738) 2013-09-08 8:22
a fascinating illustration of the legend of the children who had to spend hunderds and hundreds of years as swans in various parts of Ireland. Your composition is superb and enhances effectively the dynamism of the flight and the power of hope the legend and the sculpture represent. It's great that you gave the swans so much blue sky, all the elements that make up the surrounding area look surprisingly small. There's marvellous sharpness and light management, the luminosity and the definition of the white tones are so attractive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
claudeD (27004) 2013-09-08 8:59
Very fine contribution to TE.Excellent composition, fine colors and perfect sharpness. Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Miguel82 (14530) 2013-09-08 9:39
Strange monument of Antrim area Arthur, I like the view of the landscape, hill and forest in the bg, good sharpness and excellent light, Good evening
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-09-08 12:11
This is a lovely shot of the modern sculpture.Quaint but beautiful idea of flying swans as sculptures.I love the Irish highland in the background.Very well done.Keep sharing.TFS.
worldcitizen (5629) 2013-09-08 14:08
That's certainly an interesting legend! I might not believe in children being turned into swans, but I definitely like the sculpture dedicated to them. :-) The sense of flight is wonderful, especially since there is a beautiful, blue sky in your photo. I also like the one person admiring the sculpture; we can get a clear idea of just how large it is.
mcmtanyel (5321) 2013-09-11 20:17
A cute legend accompanying this elegant sculpture rendered most skillfully - what more can a Trekker want?
Royaldevon (21523) 2013-09-18 2:47
A most interesting tale and so much part of history!
I love this sculpture and your viewpoint has given it the impression of flight.. Your composition is excellent, plenty of sky into which they can fly, with the birds strongly positioned.
Have a lovely day,
macjake (45588) 2013-09-24 13:34
for obvious reasons, this one really caught my attention.
thats quite the story! yikes!
well, i suppose they live on in this sculpture for eternity now!
good use to take up the empty dead space with the curves.
excellent subject to post
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-11-03 21:11
Hello Arthur - A wonderful shot to accompany a wonderful story. You have captured the curved, sweeping dynamism of the sculpture really well. Incredible how much movement the artist has presented in this static piece. The swans look perfect against the flat blue sky. A fine and interesting contribution to TE. Have a good week Rosemary