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Illustration of Cuchulainn and Emer by H.R.Millar, published in Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire (1905

Illustration of Cuchulainn and Emer by H.R.Millar, published in Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire (1905

Emer is a name from ancient Celtic mythology. She was the wife of Cu Chulainn, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, wit and the art of needlework. Her father, Forgall Monach, did want want her to marry Cu Chulainn and tried to prevent the match – so, in keeping with the times Cu Chulainn abducted Emer and made her his wife – but only when he proved himself worthy.

The only jealousy of Emer was Fand – a beautiful spirit who seduced Cu Chulainn and tried to coax him away with her. Fand was unsuccessful.
Emer is featured in the Ulster Cycle of Irish Mythology. My mum put a poster of her in our kitchen, just behind my chair. She was amazing … my mum – and Emer.

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