Beara’s links with Irish mythology

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

A native of Beara, now living in New Zealand, author Brian O’Sullivan is passionate about Irish culture and language and educating the Irish diaspora on its heritage.

In ‘Beara: Dark Legends’ — the first in a trilogy of unforgettable Irish thrillers, he has penned a fascinating mixture of contemporary thriller, Irish culture and ancient Gaelic lore. Propulsive, atmospheric and darkly humorous, Beara: Dark Legends introduces an Irish hero like you’ve never seen before. Nothing you thought you knew about Ireland will ever be the same again.

Lured from seclusion, despite his own misgivings, Mos is hired to locate the final resting place of legendary Irish hero, Fionn Mac Cumhal. Confronted by a thousand year old mystery, the distractions of a beguiling circus performer and a lethal competitor, Mos must draw on his unique background and knowledge of Gaelic lore to defy his enemies and survive his own family history in the Beara peninsula.

“A lot of the influence for this book came from my childhood in Beara,” says Brian. Many of the characters in the book speak with West Cork mannerisms and have the Beara way of saying things. I’ve intentionally put all the placenames in Irish, as I didn’t want it to be too obvious exactly where I was writing about.”

At present, Brian has two independent series going; the Beara Trilogy and the Fionn – Fenian Cycle series. He also writes short stories.

“Second and third generation Irish can feel a bit lost,” says Brian. They don’t feel at home in Australia or New Zealand for example but they don’t fit in here in Ireland because they have an accent and the culture and rules are different. That’s a group of people that I’m particularly targeting because you can bring them back in to the Irish culture through mythology and folklore.”

Anyone with an interest in Irish culture will enjoy Brian’s books.

Brian writes a regular Irish folklore blog on his website

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