I think the first time I heard of Tir-na-nÓg was on the sleeve notes of The Book of Invasions by Horslips. That would have been back in the late 70s, and Tir-na-nÓg wasn’t actually mentioned by name, if I remember correctly, but the story of the Tuatha Dé Danann outlined in the notes stuck in my mind. And it really is a cracking album, too.
The next time I heard of Tir-na-nÓg was sometime in the mid-80s, in the booklet that accompanied a computer game called, reasonably enough, Tir Na Nog. If you were a Spectrum or Amstrad gamer in the mid-80s, the chances are you know what I’m talking about.
The idea of this land of the ever-young, this far-off place beyond the edges of the map, has stuck with me for years.
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