For those whose interest in rowan trees is not yet satiated,the
following appears in the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics (Scribner's
1928), concerning a sacred rowan tree, the rowan of Dubhros,the Black
Forest, in Co. Sligo. Quoting from Celtic Heathendom by Rhys, "The tree
had grown from a quicken-berry dropped by the Tuatha De' Danann, who had
brought it from the Land of Promise. It was guarded by a giant named
Searbhan,who could only be slain by three blows from his own club,and had a
single broad fiery eye in the middle of his black forehead. He was overcome
by Diarmait, the culture hero of Irish folk-lore. He dwelt in a hut among
the branches and was so great a magician that he could not be killed by
fire, water, or weapons of war."
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