Monday, 23 December 2013

Bresail Bodivo and the cattle famine - Annals of Clonmacnoise

The above story about Bresail Bodivo is from Martin Haverty's The History of Ireland, Ancient and Modern (1867). It quotes from the Annals of Clonmacnoise a story which is familiar from the Metrical Dindshenchas - a story that appears to describe the reason the Dowth passage-mound in the Boyne Valley was built. Here is the Dindshenchas version. The above version from the Annals of Clonmacnoise names the valley where the bull and heifer lived - Gleann Sawasge.


  1. i'm just a guy who looks at google earth some, and noticed a spot in the celtic ocean bout 20 miles south west of dunlough bay,ireland that looks like a city under water, am i seeing things?

    1. Hi Mike. I wonder could you give us more specific coordinates, and perhaps a screen shot? Sounds fascinating.