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Amairgin

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[Ir., wondrously born].

Name borne by several figures in early Ireland, in myth and saga as well as in the genealogies of such families as the O'Moores of Laois. The two best-known...

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Aodhagán Ó Rathaille

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(c.1670–1729)

Born in Kerry, central figure in the aisling tradition. Ó Rathaille's impassioned, intricately musical lyrics lament the fate of the aristocratic Gaelic order of...

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Baile in Scáil

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(Phantom's Vision),

a text on the kings of Tara composed in the 9th cent. Conn Cétchathach is brought to the otherworld [see sídh], where he meets a woman identified as the...

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Banba

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A poetic name for Ireland in early times, one of a divine trio of eponyms for Ireland along with Ériu and Fódla. Her father was Delbáeth (2) and mother Eirnin. A well-known fiction to...

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Bres

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[Ir., shapely, beautiful (?); fight, uproar, din (?)].

Name borne by several mythological and legendary figures (sometimes by more than one in the same narrative). the best known...

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Cethor

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Alternate name for Mac Gréine, the husband of Ériu.

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Delbáeth

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1 Fomorian king, father of Elatha and grandfather of Bres. Delbáeth (1) is also sometimes the father of Eithne (1), instead of Balor. Elatha mates with Ériu, daughter of...

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Donn

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Donn was the Irish god of the dead, who dwelt at Tech Duinn (“the House of Donn”) on an island off the west coast of Ireland. He is perhaps the ...

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Eirnin

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Sometimes named as mother, by Delbáeth (2), of the three eponymous goddesses of Ireland, Banba, Ériu, and Fódla. More often the mother is Ernmas.

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Elatha

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[OIr. elada, elatha, art, science, acquired skill, craft].

The handsome Fomorian king who came from beneath the sea in a silver ship to mate with Ériu and produce Bres. Unlike most...

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