The Irish Woman Warrior Series

The Irish Woman Warrior Series is a series of three books based on the adventures of the Irish woman warrior Liath Luachra and her mercenary fian (war party), Na Cinéaltaí (The Friendly Ones).

The events in the series take place prior to the events in the first Fionn mac Cumhaill Series book (FIONN: Defence of Ráth Bládhma).

The three books in this series are:

 

The character Liath Luachra originally appears in the 12th century text Macgnímartha Finn (the Boyhood Deeds of Fionn) but historical/ mythological information on her is very sparse.
Essentially, the name Liath Luachra means “Grey One of Luachair”. Why she was known as ‘The Grey One’ is impossible to tell. The text collates oral narratives that were in existence well before they were ever written down.

“Luachair”, meanwhile, is an Irish word that means ‘rushes’ (as in reed plants) but could also mean ‘a place of rushes’. There was a Luachair in West Kerry mentioned in many of the early texts (Luachair Deaghaidh – Sliabh Luachra) but, of course, it’s impossible to know if that was where the author of Macgnímartha Finn was referring to.