The myth of Oisín and the land of eternal youth - Iseult Gillespie
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Oisín is regarded not only as a skilled hero and warrior but as a great poet and is thought of as the bard who passed down the tales of the Fianna to younger generations. These stories are frequently told today at the Irish folklore museum, or the Leprechaun Museum! His time in Tír na nÓg has, in turn, inspired several important works of art. William Butler Yeats wrote a version of Irish mythology called Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry in which the story of Oisín is included. But he explores this character in greater detail in his epic poem "The Wanderings of Oisin." Read the full text here. Like his brother, Jack Butler Yeats was also inspired by the story and produced the painting A blackbird bathing in Tír na nÓg.
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