A sculpture of the Children of Lir at The Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, Republic of Ireland. The original Irish title of this tale is Clann Lir or Leannaí Lir, which is a part of the Irish Mythological cycle.
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There are several key words you can use when conducting your search through the reference materials, books, databases, and web resources listed on this research guide. Using proper names of gods, heroes, or tales to search can be problematic since a name such as Cúchulainn can have several different spellings (Cuchulain, Cuchulainn, or Cuchullain). Remember that sources can use variants to index this topic such as Irish or Ireland so you will want to search for both. Searching for the term Celtic will include mythology from all of the British Isles, so not all of your results with be relevant to this topic. Likewise, words like folklore and legends may include sources that cover topics outside of the four mythological cycles, such as tales about faeries or saints. Using the full word mythology may restrict your results, so you can also search for myth which would include results for both words. To get more precise results, try using a combination of these terms such as (Irish AND Myth). To search for books and e-books, you can use the search strategies below in InfoKat (limited to UK libraries). You can use the same words to search databases or the web for related material.
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