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The Hound of Culann (Original)


The Hound of Culann is an oil painting by Irish artist KT McCaffrey based on a Celtic tale from Irish mythology.

“As a baby Cú Chulainn was named Setanta. Later, he received the name that became so famous. Here is how that happened. …”

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Painting Dimensions:
This painting measures approximately 60 cm width X 80 cm height.

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The Hound Of Culann Celtic Painting

The Hound of Culann

This artwork represents a scene of bravery from tales of Irish Folklore.

As a baby Cú Chulainn was named Setanta. Later, he received the name that became so famous. Here is how that happened.

At the age of six, his father King Conchobor  invited him to a feast in the house of Culann the Smith. The boy was more interested in a game of ball he was playing, told his father to go ahead of him and promised that he would follow later. As the feast commenced, Culann asked if there were any more guests arriving. Assured that no more guests were coming, Culann set his ferocious hound to keep watch.

When the boy arrived, the hound leaped at him. However with astonishing speed and skill, the young Cú Chulainn threw his ball into the jaws of the hound. The boy threw his ball with such force that it went through the dogs skull.

Inside the house, everyone heard the hounds cries. Suddenly the King remembered the boy. He rushed outside expecting to find the boy torn to shreds by the hound. The boy stood uninjured beside the hounds dead remains. Overjoyed, the King hugged the boy. Culann, however was sad, he lost the protection of his faithful hound. To make amends, the boy offered to train another hound. “But what will I do during the period of training” asked Culann.

“I myself will be your watchdog” answered the boy.

And so it was, that they named the boy Cú Chulainn which means ‘Hound of Culann’.

‘The Hound Of Culann’,  Celtic Painting

Artist: KT McCaffrey

Artwork details:

The Hound Of Culann Celtic Painting is an oil on canvas original based upon tales of Irish Folklore by Irish artist KT McCaffrey.

Artwork Dimensions:

The artwork measures 60 cm width by 80 cm height on a stretched canvas.


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artist KT McCaffrey

Artist: KT McCaffrey

KT McCaffrey is an Irish artist with a great interest in Ireland’s cultural and storytelling heritage. He studied graphic design at the National College of Art in Dublin.

KT McCaffrey lives in Dunshaughlin, County Meath, near Dublin. The artist likes to surround himself with everything he loves in life. He has a great passion for Irish literature, music, Celtic Folklore and the beauty of the Irish countryside.

KT McCaffrey blends all this to create his own style of art. KT has great respect for the Irish stained-glass artist Harry Clarke. Harry’s style is visible in many of KT’s paintings. The artist has created more than 80 oil on canvas paintings. Every brushstroke creates a rich composition with strong color contrasts, illustration and patterns.

Many of KT’s paintings capture a moment in time through the art of storytelling.  These paintings showcase scenes from Ireland’s tales of Folklore and Mythology.

For a more in depth look at KT McCaffrey’s journey as an artist, check out our blog post detailing his career.

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KT McCaffrey




Oil on Canvas




60cm X 80cm approx (width X height)