The Centre for Celtic Spirituality

The Story of Nuadha

In the old cathedral in Armagh (Anglican) there is an ancient statue (his photo is somewhere on this site). It was exhumed in a nearby village called Tandragee, so locally it’s known as ”The Tandragee Man.’

However, archeologists say that the statue is 3,000 years old and dates back to the Bronze Age!

The statue represents an ancient Irish King called Nuadha, a ruler of the Tuatha de Danann. The ancient mythology says that Nuadha lost his arm in a battle and had to stand down as ruler because it was believed that a king should be totally whole in body. However, later the Herbalist and Physician, Dian Cecht. created a new arm for Nuadha from silver and he was able to resume his position as King. 

The ancient statue shows Nuadha holding his new arm!

You can find these and other ancient mythologies in the Táin Bó Cúailnge, the oldest stories of Ireland.