Meet Princess Taisie at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival
Princess Taisie will make an appearance in Ballycastle at the upcoming Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival at Ballycastle and Rathlin Island from 27and May to 5and June 2022.
Antrim’s nine valleys, including the lesser-known Glentaisie, are steeped in folklore, history and mythology. The name comes from Princess Taisie – “extremely beautiful”
Legend has it that Princess Taisie was engaged to Conghal, son of Conor, by her father Donn, King of Rathlin. Nabgodon, King of Norway, had lost his wife and was looking for another when he was told of “a maiden of imperious beauty”, the youngest and fairest of all the daughters of Adam, with shining eyes , with curly hair, melodious voice and pleasant speech. A perfect, royal-blooded woman “” who was spotted on the shore of Rathlin Island. Nabgodon came with an army to capture Taisie and arrived during his marriage celebrations in Conghal.
After a battle, Nabgodon was killed by Conghal. After rejoicing over the defeat of Nabgodon and once all the warriors were healed, Donn, King of Rathlin built Taisi’s dun at Bromore in Glentaisie as Taisie’s dowry. And they all lived happily ever after…or so the story goes.
The Taise Banner
The Taise Banner was one of nine banners carried in the first Glens Feis (Feis na nGLeann) in 1904. John Campbell (Seaghan MacCathmhaoil), a talented artist, designed the nine banners to be carried at the feis. Each represented one of the Nine Glens of Antrim: Glenarm, Glencloy, Glenarrif, Glenballyeamon, Glenann, Glencorp, Glendun, Glenshesk and Glentaisie.
The Taisie Banner was painted by William McMullan of Culfeightrin. It is believed to be the only remaining of the nine built.
You can view the original banner located at the Ballycastle Museum, Castle Street, in April, May, June and September: Friday and Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm, July and; August: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Artist Friz has most recently created a fantastic piece of wall art of Princess Taisie in Ballycastle.
He imagined Taise relaxing in the valley where the men had seen her as she listened to her ladies play music and based her design on the Taise banner. We would like to thank Friz for also inspiring us with his own take on Princess Taisie from the original banner.
You can find Friz’s works prominently displayed on the side of Noel’s Pound Corner at the entrance to Glentaisie Drive in Ballycastle.
Through Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Town Center Experience Fund, Ballycastle Community Development Group, Ballycastle and Naturally North Coast Chamber of Commerce and Glens CIC have brought Princess Taisie to life to bring happiness, fun, inspiration and help tell the stories. of our local history.
Paul Kerrigan, Chairman of Ballycastle Community Development Group, said: “As someone interested in local history and fascinated by the history and mythology around the legend of Princess Taisie, it’s fantastic to see her take life. We see this as a great investment for the wider community and hope to see Taisie attend many events in the valleys.
Brian McLister, Chairman of the Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a fantastic project which will bring excitement not just to the festival but throughout the year in the town. We look forward to welcoming Princess Taisie to our local businesses over the coming months.”
Shauna McFall of Naturally North Coast & Glens said: “This has been an exciting project to work on, and we look forward to introducing Princess Taisie to everyone at our craft markets throughout the year. We also look forward to engaging with the wider community to tell Taisie’s story as she travels with us across the North Antrim coast.”
Ballycastle and Rathlin Island are rich in history, heritage and legends. The legend of Taisie has strong ties to Ballycastle and Rathlin Island, making the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival the perfect event to come and meet the princess.
Come meet Princess Taisie at the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival. You can view the full festival itinerary on the festival website www.rathlinsoundmaritimefestival.com
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are working with Ballycastle Community Development Group and Rathlin Development and Community Association to bring you this hugely popular celebration, with a packed program of land and sea activities, inspired by the Rathlin Sound – the body of water connecting Rathlin Island to the mainland at Ballycastle.