Tayto announced the name of its controversial wooden rollercoaster which is due to launch in Summer .
Tayto boss Raymond Coyle writes
Our rollercoaster has been named after one of the great eternal heroes of Irish history, The Cú Chulainn Coaster…With the figure of the great Irish warrior emblazoned across the front of the Tayto Park rollercoaster Cú Chulainn’s role in Irish history will be front of mind for everyone who rides the coaster this Summer…
Paul Bolger (a former animator with the Don Bluth Studio as well as his own studio Dagda Film) along with Barry Devlin (the Horslips front man) are attempting to bring their vision of the Cú Chulainn legend to life in a new graphic novel triology.
They spin the story as:
In this forgotten world where war once ruled peace reigns supreme and this is killing Morrigan, last of the Long Lived. In a desperate bid to stay vital she kidnaps baby Cú Cullan and exposes the child to her darkness imbuing him with unnatural strength and agility, but at a price. He inherits her dark hair, eyes and unpredictable brooding nature. He is not easy to be around. Although physically smaller than his peers he has the status of a giant. Friend and foe fear him. Since killing a Blacksmith’s guard dog and taking it’s place as a child, hence his nickname, HOUND, he has earned a reputation for never letting anyone or anything get in the way of that which he wants more than anything else – to be Champion of the World.
They’re a bit more than a third of the ways to the £22K goal with 17 days to go.
Will Sliney, the Cork Marvel Comics artist , is launching ‘Celtic Warrior The Legend of Cú Chulainn at Waterstones, Cork, at 6-7pm.
BUT Can YOU pitch an alternative ending for Cú Chulainn BEFORE6pm?
The Comic Cast (Ireland’s #1 Comic Book Podcast) are offering artwork by Will to give away to the ONE judged finest.
“This page (above) details the moment when Meave’s army realise that they will have to pass by an ash tree haunted by the souls of Ireland’s deadliest warriors. It is one of many markers left by Cú Chulainn to stop the marching men dead in their tracks.”
Marvel artist and Cork man Will Sliney’s new comic book ‘Celtic Warrior The Legend of Cú Chulainn’ launches in Cork this Thursday (but is already on book shelves). In anticipation of the big Waterstones launch party, Cú Chulainn himself popped down to Ballycotton to meet Sliney (above).
But who will play Cú Chulainn in the inevitable movie?