The Children of Lir is an Irish mythological story. It tells the tale King Lir of Ireland, who’s second wife Aoife grew jealous of his affection for his four children. Legend goes that Aoife used dark magic to turn the children into swans, dooming them to spend 300 years on Lough Derravaragh (Co. Westmeath), 300 years in the Sea of Moyle (between County Antrim and Scotland) and 300 years in the bay of Irrus Domnann (Co. Mayo). It is said that the four children, as swans, were tethered together by a thin silver chain, and so the legend has inspired fine Irish jewellery since ancient times.
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