started long ago …………
A foul king called Conchubar who ruled Ireland had a magnificent
orchestra. The harpist in the orchestra had just had a baby girl
One day an old man was ambling along when he saw the baby and said
how gorgeous she was. He also warned that she would bring remorse
to her family! Hearing this, the harpist got on his horse and galloped
off with the baby to the woods. He gave Deirdre to a couple who
lived deep in the woods and there she grew into a beautiful young
lady. Her beauty would have stunned any man but she never saw anyone,
living there in the woods.
One night a storm was brewing and a hunter found his way to the
hut. He knocked on the door and asked to stay the night. The old
lady knew of Deirdre’s secret and wasn’t at all sure
but did let him stay just one night. The next morning the hunter
took his leave and ran as fast as he could to the King’s castle.
He shouted the password and scrambled inside to the King.
As soon as the King heard of Deirdre’s beauty he got his
fastest horse and galloped through the woods to the cottage. He
banged on the door until it was opened by Deirdre. He was paralysed
by her bewitching brown eyes and proposed to her. But Deirdre
didn’t find him attractive at all and managed to bargain
with him to marry him in a year’s time.