An epic tale from the Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology, it’s story of love, lust, broken trust, relentless passion and ultimate tragedy. Like all such stories which live a long life, and this story is at least seventeen centuries old, it concerns a love triangle. A familiar triangle, the old king, his young wife, the trusted knight. The three involved in our story are the great Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn Mac Cool in English), the beautiful but headstrong Grainne, and the noble young warrior, Diarmuid Ua Duibhne. It’s a saga of magic, sorcery, murderous mayhem, bloody vengeance, relentless pursuit and a final act of treachery.
Finn woke up to discover his new wife missing. Not only had he lost his wife before he had consummated the marriage, but he had also lost his trusted lieutenant and one of his best soldiers. Finn ordered that all the men of the tribe and their dogs, should search through the land looking for the missing couple. The tribe were not far behind the missing pair, and neither stopped for refreshments or sleep. Chancing upon Diarmaid’s foster father they received succour in the form of a magic cloak which made them invisible and let them sleep, eat and drink. The couple used the cloak for sixteen years, sleeping rough and taking food and drink from where they could find it.
The prediction was fulfilled and Diarmaid lay dying. Fionn was blessed with magic powers. If he cupped his hands, filled then with water and gave it to a dying man, then he could save their life. Fionn made two attempts to carry the water back from the stream but each time he managed to trip and spill the water. On his third trip Fionn was given support and not allowed to trip, but by the time he got to Diarmaid he was dead. The old man had extracted his revenge on the warrior without anyone noticing.