Celtic Smiths

Culann

 

Name:  Culann Culainn Cuillen Cuilenn Cuillenn 

 

Race:  Tuatha De Danann

 

Profession: Smith

 

Province: Ulster

 

Daughters:  Áine  Milucra

 

Associated Sites: Slieve Gallion, Co. Armagh

Culann was the Smith of the Sidhe of Slieve Gallion in Co. Armagh, he was of the Tuatha De Danann race, and so he lived a long time.  He was living at the time of Cúchulainn who got his name because he killed the hound of Culann and in remorse for his action promised to take on the tasks of Culann's Hound that of defending  his property until such time as he could find a new hound for him.

Culann was also living in the time of King Cormac Mac Art and the Fianna, and Fionn Mac Cumhail.   His daughter Áine fell in love with Fionn, and when he did not return her love she cast him into a lake and when he got himself out he realised he had turned into an old man.  The Fianna find him and then dig up Slieve Gallion, and Culann came out angrily to see why they were ruining his mound, and they told him why and he took away the symptoms of old age, from Fionn but his hair was grey from then onwards.

Stories, Myths and Legends Associated with Culann

The Boyhood Deeds of Cúchulainn

How Fionn Got His Grey Hair

The Hunt of Slieve Cuilenn

 

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