Galway

Galway – Heart of Ireland

On the River Corrib, between Lough and Galway Bay is the city of Galway, named after Gaillimh (Galvia), the daughter of a local chieftain who drowned in the river. Galvia, was a Fir Bolg princess, a descendant of Noah’s granddaughter. She had won the heart of Cormac, the son of Mac Airt, the most famous of the ancient kings of Ireland. As the ruler of Tara, the seat of the high kings of Ireland, for forty years, Mac Airt was famous for his wise, true and generous judgments. He owned a wonderful gold cup given to him by the sea-creature Manannan Mac Lir. If three lies were spoken over it, it would break in three; and, three truths made it whole again. Cormac used his cup during his kingship to distinguish falsehood from truth. Disapproving of Cormac’s relationship with Galvia, Mac Airt brought them to the river where he asked them four questions:

“Are you in love?”

“Are you in love?”

“Are you in love?”

“Are you to wed?”

Silence couldn’t save them. Their love, too true, not to be acknowledged caused the cup to break, not in three pieces, but four. To spare her love, Galvia jumped into the river. Mananan Mac Lir, distraught because the cup caused the death of such a native beauty, removed it from Mac Airt and it was never seen again.