“Cú Chulainn” is Irish for “Culann’s Hound” after the boy Setanta killed the smith’s hound and promised to take its place until another one was raised. In one version of the legend, Setanta kills the original hound by driving a sliotar (hurley ball) down its throat. On the right hand side, Tuan the hawk/eagle/sea-raven bears witness to all of Irish history.
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