Ripped within the west’s whirlwinds horses fell in glazed pitch to entwine, the slumbered Otherworld saw Cormac’s father beheaded on the Plain of the Oll Muca Swine.13Airt was killed at the Battle of Mag Mucrama, near Galway Bay.
A dark dream screamed to break her neck as Erin’s glorious canopy14Etani had a premonition she would hang and from her neck a tree would grow who was to be the leader of Ireland. lay prostrate upon a blood track of cold pangs, this exalted destiny of Ben Tet’s15Ben Tet – a famous Irish she-wolf. protective Faoilteach16Faoilteach means the wolf mouth and into which Cormac was snatched. fangs.
In driven hail the maid and child soon lost within Cloonagh’s steep ache barren, the roaming hound Ben Tet guided past the suckling sleek red dogs of the great Hart-She-Wolf to the smithy’s Keshcorran cave.17The Clann Greccraige’s leader Grecc mac Arod, was a warrior of the Lord Lughna, who found Cormac and brought him safely to the Caves of Keshcorran.
Here bound in promised bands against all slaying, drowning, fire and sorcery,18Olc Acha placed Cormac under protective bands which warded off dark magic. he faol-whelped19Fáelad or Faol are ‘the Wolfing Fellows’. It was claimed the ancient Irish could transform in wolves to commence a strange or terrifying attack. and gambolled free before Lughna the Hunter in silent fosterage by the Clan Greccraige.
For Ulfada’s body read the impassioned stone face of Tobar Cormaic20The sacred font where the babe was blessed is called Tobar Chormaic, a well situated in front of Keshcorran. in attack, to gnaw the tail of chaos21A Celtic symbol of renewal is a hound biting its tail. and thus restore him from the mourning infinite Otherworld’s growling track.
There the cubit of judgments high quenched from Cormac’s Cup22Cormac’s Cup (in Irish Cuach Cormaic) was the Magic Cup of Testing and a precursor to the Holy Grail. It broke into pieces when lies were told and mended when the truth was told. the Divine King of Four Quarters’ ascent, when ignorance’s prided trek did shine forth upon his chariot steeped in regal descent.23Having arrived at Rath na Rí (meaning the Palace of Kings) within the Royal Court on the Hill of Tara (though an unheralded churl and known only as the Chariot Child) he was later recognised as Ireland’s rightful monarch (indeed with a much greater claim to the crown than Finn McCool). By 214 AD, King Cormac Ulfada was crowned Ard Rí or High King of Ireland. He commenced a series of wars, is famed for a series of Brehon law axioms (known as the Laws of Cormac) and increased the Borumha (tribute) due to him.
As the Long Bearded Royal Sage of Etani’s shift shadowing white knee knew, if the testing cup,24When placing this cup upon his lips King Cormac Ulfada answered every question posed. Being considered the greatest regenerative king of ancient Erin he was Ireland’s equivalent to King Solomon. when upon your lips, was presented heaven graced or hell sent true, ‘can you pay the guardian’s price now in satisfaction due?’