Hand coloured print by an unknown artist featuring at top of sheet an image of a landscape with a sailing boat in a bay, mountains in the background with cumulus clouds in the sky, framed by the trunks of tall tress and a small thatched cottage in the left foreground. Underneath a verse is printed, the first lines of which read: "Tyrnanoge. / O Tyrnanoge, O land of childhood's gladness, / Land of the far blue hills and murmuring sea...". Tyrnanoge is better known in Irish as Tír na nÓg [rough translation “Land of the Young”] or Tír na hÓige ["Land of Youth"], a supernatural realm of everlasting youth; its’ inhabitants were the Tuatha Dé Danann (the gods of pre-Christian Ireland). It is most commonly known from the tale of Niamh (daughter of Manannán Mac Lir) and Oisín who fall in love. She brings him to Tír na nÓg on Enbarr of Manannán, a horse that could traverse both land and sea. After spending what seems to be three years there, Oisín becomes homesick and wants to return to Ireland. Niamh lets him return on Enbarr, warning him never to allow it to touch the ground; when he returns, he discovers that three hundred years have passed. He falls from Enbarr and becomes elderly, quickly dying of old age.
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[n.d., ca. 1920-1950?].
Previously held [firstly] at NLI call number PD 4089 TA and subsequnetly at NLI call number PD 4616 TA.
Physical description: 1 print : gouache ; image 13.5 x 8.2 cm., on sheet 24.8 x 18.2 cm..
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Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.