- Jerk Ass Woobie: Suibhne starts off an arrogant Jerkass who assaults a priest and kills an innocent child, but it's hard not to feel for him as he wanders Ireland insane, forsaken and miserable.
- Squick: The servingwoman at St. Moling feeds Suibhne by making an indent in a pile of cow dung with her foot and filling it with milk. Suibhne then laps it up like a dog.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Frequently viewed as a meditation on the tensions between pagan and Christian Ireland.
YMMV / The Madness of Sweeney