A long time ago in Ireland there lived a very wise old man named Finnegas. He knew everything about nature, birds, animals, plants, clouds and the stars.
But he always wanted to know more. He lived beside a river where there was a magic fish. Everyday he stared into the water hoping to see this magic fish – the Salmon of Knowledge, swim by. Whoever caught and ate this fish would know all there was to know in the world. Lots of people, including Finnegas tried to catch this fish but they had no luck.
One day a small boy called Fionn McCumhaill and his mother came by. Fionn’s mother wanted Finnegas to teach Fionn about the world. Finnegas agreed. Everyday Finnegas sat by the river teaching Fionn all he knew about the world.
Then one day, a huge fish swam by. Finnegas was so excited because he was sure this was The Salmon of Knowledge. He ran to get his fishing net.
The salmon was strong. It jumped and twisted and turned in the net for a long time. Eventually Finnegas landed the fish. ‘Hurray!’ they both cheered and Finnegas fell to the ground, exhausted. Finnegas was too tired to cook the fish so he left Fionn in charge, with this warning: ‘No matter what happens – Do not eat any of the fish.’