30.05.11 Minister Deenihan Launches ‘Heroic Landscapes – Irish Myth & Legend’

Jimmy Deenihan TD., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht today (Monday 30th May, 2011) launched the book ‘Heroic Landscapes-Irish Myth & Legend’ in the Departmental offices, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The author of the book is Rod O’Donoghue and the illustrations were created by Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross.

In welcoming everyone to the launch Minister Deenihan thanked the publisher Jo O’Donoghue of Londubh Books, and made special mention of the fact that it was Geoffrey The O’Donoghue of the Glens, who brought Tighe and Rod together some 25 years ago.

Minister Deenihan said that our myths and legends are the oldest in Europe after ancient Greece and Rome. “This exciting book Heroic Landscapes gives us new insights into our rich Irish heritage, full of heroic tales and sagas. It focuses much on Munster and the colourful collection of tales found around these lakes and mountains – many of them about O’Donoghues.

Being of Kerry, we all know that the Kingdom of Kerry is a special place with its enchanted environment which has attracted so many tales of ancient invasions. This book tells these tales in a most readable form and relates these classic stories to the modern world and integrates them with the latest information from genetic evidence and the findings of science,” added the Minister.

Concluding Minister Deenihan also congratulated Rod on his initiation of the Irish Folklore Centre. “The centre provides an opportunity to make sure all the old tales and stories, some perhaps not yet recorded, have a place to document them for posterity” said Minister Deenihan.



Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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