The Liath Luachra Series is a trilogy of books based on the early experiences of the character Liath Luachra from the Fionn mac Cumhaill Series. The events in the Liath Luachra Series take place before the events in the first FIONN book (FIONN: Defence of Ráth Bládhma) and focuses on her adventures with the mercenary fian (war party), Na Cinéaltaí (The Friendly Ones).
The three books in this series are:
- LIATH LUACHRA: The Grey One
- LIATH LUACHRA: The Sons of the Land
- LIATH LUACHRA: The War Drums
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.