Plan your visit

Museum of Literature Ireland
Closed today
buy tickets

Find us

UCD Naughton Joyce Centre
86 St Stephen's Green
Dublin 2 view map

RadioMoLI

A digital radio station
for Irish literature
tune in

Ulcha (Beard)

Spreading the Words

3'45"

Read by Jürgen Uhlich.

Beards are status symbols in the world of early Irish literature. Such is their importance that Ulster hero Cú Chulainn created an imitation beard for himself of berry-juice or enchanted grass.

‘Spreading the Words’ is a series on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and produced in association with the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language.

Keep Listening


This site uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. See our privacy policy.