L & R Illustration |11| Fighting Irish

L&R is an illustration project created by Aoife and Sheena Flynn.

As twins we’ve always done everything together and a creative streak (thanks Nan!) meant that included heading to Art College together too. We always talked about doing a collaborative project but never could agree on what it could be, so L&R was born. Aoife, being left-handed is of course ‘L’ and Sheena being right-handed is ‘R’. As kids our mam did the whole dressing us identically except that Sheena got the ‘girl’ colours and Aoife got the ‘boy’ colours, so we’ve stuck with that scheme now. The project is really simple. The idea is that each twin gets the same brief, comes up with an answer and the lovely people of the Internet get to vote the winner.
L & R Illustration |11| Fighting Irish

The Irish have a bit of a reputation for fighting so this project was probably inevitible. We’ve decided to have a look at where it all came from and take some inspiration from the original fighting Irish, the Tuatha De Danann.

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Illustration by L, aka Aoife Flynn. Source

Vote for L: Nuada, king of the Tuatha De Danann, was legendary for his silver arm replacing the one he had lost in battle. Nuada was eventually killed by the Fomorian king Balor’s poisonous eye.

Illustration by R, aka Sheena Flynn. Source

Vote for R: The Morrígan or “phantom queen” is a figure from Irish mythology. The Morrígan is primarily associated with fate, especially with foretelling doom and death in battle. In this role she appears as a crow, flying above the battlefield. She is often described as a trio of individuals, all sisters, called ‘the three Morrígna’, Badb, Macha and Anand. According to the legend, the hero Cúchulainn does not recognise her and disrespects her sovereignty saying that she cannot harm him. She delivers a series of warnings, foretelling a coming battle in which he will be killed. She tells him, “it is at the guarding of thy death that I am; and I shall be.”

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