North Coast of Ireland Sea Songs, Folklore and Shipwrecks

Local Myths & Folklore

For man, in the past, the sea was a mysterious place of imagination and romance, full of danger and enchantment. Maritime myths,legends, early literature and folk stories are all considered part of the heritage of the seascape and the coast of Ulster.

The dramatic north coast is particularly rich in these traditions. Sadly, however, over the last few generations much of the oral maritime culture has been lost with the demise of coastal communities in constant Interaction with the sea, and only a very small fragment of the once vast reservoir of maritime lore has survived.

The great mythological hero Fionn MacCumhaill / Finn McCool  is still a well-known figure on the north coast. Fionn was the leader of the heroes and warriors