38 x 38cm
In Celtic mythology, Tuireann’s three sons, Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba kill their father's enemy, Cian. Cian’s son Lugh, a great warrior of the Tuatha Dé Danann, avenges his father’s death by tasking the three sons with gathering magical weapons, which Lugh plans to use at the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh. In return for succeeding in these perilous quests, they will be granted mercy. For one of these tasks, Tuireann turns his three sons into hawks so they can steal golden healing apples from an orchard. The king who owns the orchard orders his men to attack them with spears but they manage to escape. In the end they succeed in obtaining all that Lugh demanded, but return badly wounded. They plead for Lugh to heal them but he refuses. The three sons die and Tuireann dies of grief on their graves.
This piece is from a series of illustrations based on the theme of Irish Folklore & Mythology.