After reading the story of the Salmon of Knowledge, Rose asked if Fionn could taste the salmon in the small drop of oil that burned his thumb. The myth does not speak of any particular sensations Fionn experienced, but does say that Fineagas noticed a change in Fionn’s appearance and immediately knew that the special knowledge of the salmon had been given to him.
There are many versions of this classic Irish folktale, but in each a brave leader (Fionn) goes in search of wisdom in order to better serve his people (the Fianna). At the University of Notre Dame, our graduate students come seeking wisdom and knowledge, then go forth using those gifts for the benefit of people all over the world. The Salmon of Knowledge, therefore, is the perfect symbol of the common life journey shared by the diverse members of our graduate community.