Dun Briste

Friday, 21 August 2020

 

This is Dún Briste (literally Broken Fort) in Co. Mayo, Ireland. This 50 metres tall sea-stack stands just off Downpatrick Head, in the townland of Knockaun, east of the quiet village of Ballycastle. The stack is crowned by an old ruined fort…

There is a local legend that explains the name „Broken Fort“. It was collected by Douglas Hyde and published in 1914 book „Legends of Saints & Sinners„…It is called „St Patrick and Crom Dubh“ and I will here give a short version…With interpretation 🙂

…Before St. Patrick came to Ireland there lived a chieftain…in Co. Mayo, and his name was Crom Dubh. Crom Dubh lived beside the sea in a place…which is now called Dún Briste, or Broken Fort. My story will tell why it is called Dún Briste…

…Crom Dubh was one of the worst men that could be found, but as he was a chieftain over the people of that country he had everything his own way; and that was the bad way, for he was an evil-intentioned…man, with desire to be avenged on every one who did not please him…

…He had two sons… (who were) were worse than himself, and that leaves them bad enough! Crom Dubh (also) had two hounds of dogs…and if ever there were [wicked] mastiffs these two dogs were they….

…And, to go further, Crom Dubh had a big fire kindled…Anyone who displeased him, used to be brought before Crom Dubh, as he sat beside the fire, and Crom used to pass judgment upon him, and after the judgment the man used to be thrown into the fire…

…It is said that a fairy sweetheart walked with Crom Dubh, and giving him knowledge according as he used to require it. And every scheme hatched against Crom Dubh to put him out of the world, he overcame them all, for he had too much wizardry from the fairy sweetheart…

…The fame of Crom Dubh and his two sons, and his two mastiffs, went far and wide, for their evil-doing; and the people were so terrified at his name, not to speak of himself, that they used to hide their faces in their bosoms when they used to hear it mentioned in their ears…

…Crom Dubh was continuing his evil deeds for many years…and every year it was getting worse…Some say that he was a native of hell…But people had no knowledge of God or Mary…and for that reason they could not put trust in any person beyond Crom Dubh…

read more: http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2020/08/dun-briste.html

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über Holy Cows. The Miraculous Animals of the Irish Saints: Part 8, St Patrick and his Goat — Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland