"The Battle of Magh Rath" was popular enough to be copied in manuscripts for centuries, and it spawned a prequel and a sequel. "The Feast at the Ford of the Geese" and "The Madness of Sweeney".
It might be the true Ulster epic. Unlike “The Tain” it was written in Ulster at Bangor. And where the tain is a national epic the battle of Magh Rath is exclusive to Ulster.
Since Ive no anon questions Im going to do a few posts on the Magh Rath stories this week. Theyre thick with symbolism, prophecy, demons and dramatic tribal warfare. The bad guys get it in the end but the real traumatic impact of war is shown.
There arent many stories being written today as deep as that.