Mad Sweeney

The flying madness is described as making his body so light that he could perch in the tops of trees, and leap desperate leaps of a hundred feet or more without injury… Feathers then sprouted on Suibne’s body, and he lived like the wild things: feeding on sloes, hollyberries, watercress, brooklime, acorns; sleeping in yew-trees and rocky clefts of ivy-clad cliffs, and even in hawthorn and bramble bushes. The slightest noise would startle him into flight, and he was cursed with a perpetual distrust of all men.” — Robert Graves

The Battle of Magh Rath is said to be the largest battle ever fought on Irish soil. Little is known of the battle itself. But it was fought by the woods and caused Sweeney to go mad.


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