Maeve demanded that Ulster's king lend her the Brown Bull of Cooley, Donn Cuailnge.
But her demand went unmet, whereupon Maeve vowed to take the bull by force.
And nearly every year of my life I have gone to Ireland, the country of my ancestors.
Will, a photojournalist, obligingly took my picture. Looking at it, one can imagine armies spread out beneath.
Maeve and Ailill and their armies camped along the Táin route, but there is no need for the modern camp follower to do as they did and bed down in the fields.
West of Tulsk, in Castlerea, is the seat of the High Kings of Connacht, whose family name is O'Connor.
Along it are 369 places that were named for events in the Táin and that still carry those names today.
After accosting various locals for information about the Táin, I was given my first hot tip: there is now a smartly designed research center called Cruachan Aí in the town of Tulsk, on the N5, not far from the mounds of Rathcroghan.