The Big Fight

A terrible war rages in Ireland — over the Great Brown Bull of Cooley. Cúchulainn, the young Ulster super hero, fights off many warriors — even the magical Morrígan. In the end he has to face his friend, Ferdia. Will Cúchuliann have to kill him? And what will happen when the White-horned Bull of Connacht and the Great Brown Bull of Ulster finally meet? A simple retelling of the famous Irish epic of The Tain — The Cattle Raid.

This book by Frank Murphy is aimed at younger pupils. There is a document for the teacher containing suggestions on how to use the book as a cross-curricular resource in the Second Class classroom. There are also worksheets for the pupils to complete.

Teacher’s Guide  Ideas on how to use the book in the classroom(.pdf file 66KB)

Activity Sheet 1 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 6 – 10 (.pdf file 48KB)

Activity Sheet 2 –  Design a “Bull For Sale” poster (.pdf file 34KB)

Activity Sheet 3–  Comprehension questions based on pages 11 – 14 (.pdf file 49KB)

Activity Sheet 4–  Comprehension questions based on pages 15 – 18 (.pdf file 45KB)

Activity Sheet 5 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 19 – 23 (.pdf file 48KB)

Activity Sheet 6 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 24 – 29  (.pdf file 53KB)

Activity Sheet 7 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 30 – 39  (.pdf file 47KB)

Activity Sheet 8 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 40 – 49  (.pdf file 54KB)

Activity Sheet 9 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 50 – 59   (.pdf file 46KB)

Activity Sheet 10 –  Comprehension questions based on pages 60 – 64   (.pdf file 47KB)

Discovery Challenge–  Research ancient placenames, where they occur throughout Ireland and what they mean (.pdf file 47KB)

These resources have been made available to Seomra Ranga with the kind permission of the O’ Brien Press. ( O’ Brien Press retains the copyright of the resources.