Cú Chulainn

Cú Chulainn is one of the most iconic and admired figures in Irish mythology. He was a fierce warrior, with extraordinary strength and indomitable spirit. His name, “Cú Chulainn,” translates as “Culann’s Hound” in Irish, this is why…

How Setanta became Cú Chulainn

Cú Chulainn’s birth name was Setanta. He was the son of Lugh, the Celtic God of sun and light and Deichtine, the sister of Conor mac Nessa, the King of Ulster. His journey to the name Cú Chulainn began when he visited the house of a smith named Culann as a young boy.

Cú Chulainn card from Exploring Ireland game

During his visit, Setanta accidentally killed Culann’s ferocious guard dog in self defense with his hurley and sliotar. To make amends, Setanta vowed to protect Culann’s property until a replacement guard dog could be trained.

It was during this time that he earned the nickname “Cú Chulainn,”. “Culann’s Hound,” signified his loyalty and dedication to protecting his host’s property.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley

It’s through the stories of the Ulster Cycle that Cú Chulainn’s legendary feats and heroic adventures shine through. The Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) is his most famous tale.

In this story, he single-handedly defends Ulster against the armies of Queen Maeve of Connacht, displaying unparalleled martial skill and valor. His battle frenzy, known as the “ríastrad,” transformed him into a formidable and terrifying warrior.


Cú Chulainn’s legacy endures as a symbol of heroic bravery and valor in Irish mythology. His name is associated with the loyalty he showed as “Culann’s Hound,” and embodies honor, courage, and commitment to responsibilities.