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KNOCKNAREA

THE COMPASS OF LADY KESSAIR


Lady Kessair, was the daughter of Noah's son, Bith. She too had a premonition of the great flood, so put together a flotilla of three ships and headed to Noah’s ark for protection. Refused entry, her flotilla sailed out of the Mediterranean Sea, eventually sighting a beautiful and mystical green Isle. Her ship contained fifty women and three men (her husband Fintann, her brother and navigator Ladra and her father Bith). The other two ships tried to land in West Cork but crashed. Her ship found its way to the safety of Sligo Bay, using Knocknarea mountain as a compass.

 
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The crew/divine cargo of humanity headed for the heights of Knocknarea mountain to avoid the Deluge. The other two men died in the storm. However, Fintann survived in the form of a salmon, remaining a year under the water in a cave called Fintann's Grave. He then turned into an eagle, then a hawk before finally turning back to human form. He lived for 5,500 years after the Deluge, becoming an advisor to the high Kings of Ireland. He became known as son of Bochra (meaning the sea), a great mythical seer and sage becoming the eternal living soul of Ireland. In this capacity he gave advice to the Fir Bolg king Eochaid mac Eirc, when the Tuatha Dé Danann invaded, and he fought in the first Battle of Magh Tuiredh.








 
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He survived into the time of Fionn mac Cumhail, becoming the repository of all the knowledge and history of Ireland, along with a magical hawk, who was born at the same time as him. They met at the end of their lives and recounted their stories to each other. They finally decided to leave the mortal realm together, sometime in the 5th century, after Ireland was converted to Christianity.

Fintann is essentially the coming together of all that an aspiring Bard, Poet or learned man would need to know. He was the quintessential role model, an inspirational sage and the first man of Ireland.

Seeking a land where sin was never committed to escape the black final wave of The Deluge, Kessair’s amazing journey, exploration and determination and shows how there is nothing that perseverance and a unique vision can’t overcome. This tale demonstrates how ‘necessity is the mother of invention’.

 
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