Irish mythology has given us a rich source of story and song through the centuries. It still persists today acting as an influence on modern tales. It is possible to see the roots of many films and novels on our screens today having their basis in the Emerald isles. One only has to see the great influence that Ireland has on the world with the celebrations held on the 17th of March. The world is awash with ST Paddys day gifts as we all come together to celebrate the Irish Patron Saint.
He comes in and out of many tales but one of his most famous appearances is in the tale of Oisin and Niamh, the great tale of a great love and marriage between mortal and immortal. His appearance has been added to the original story. It tells the tale of how Oisin meets Niamh as she rides her white horse out of the sea and greets him because he is unafraid. They tour Ireland and they fall in love. They return to Tir Na Og and marry but Oisin wants to see his family so he returns. However, decades have passed in the real world and he ages from young manhood to old age in an instant when he falls from the horse.
Enter St Patrick. He is informed of Oisins return and sudden aging. He writes down Oisins story and says that the only way he can be saved is by baptism. Oisin asks if his family were baptised and when Patrick says no, they have gone to pagan hell, Oisin opts to go with them. Perhaps he will take some ST Patricks day gifts with him?