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1 Son of Ainmire in the Cycle of Kings and father of Domnall (1).

2 The son of Eochaid Lethderg, prince of Leinster, who was carried off to a brugh, or palace of fairyland, by two women of the sídh who were in love with him and who held him captive for three years. At the end of this time Áed escaped and made his way to St Patrick, who freed him from fairy domination. Patrick later restored him to humanity in his father's court. Folk motif: F379.1. See S. H. O'Grady, Silva Gadelica (London, 1892), 204–20.

3 One of the four children of Lir in Oidheadh Chlainne Lir [The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir].

4 A son of Bodb Derg who sees the children of Lir but cannot help them.

5 A legendary king of the Airgialla or Oriel who carried a shield which had one of the badba perched on its rim; the shield is thus called dubgilla or dubh ghiolla [black servant].

6 King of Tara in the 6th century who made war on Brandub, king of Leinster. Although he owned a magical cowl that would protect him in battle, a gift from Colum Cille (St Columba), he left it behind and so perished.

7 The son of the Dagda, seducer of the wife of Coinche(a)nn, who then slew him. The Dagda did not avenge the murder, but he obliged Coinche(a)nn to carry the corpse until he had found a stone big enough to cover the remains.

8 The king of Connacht. Mongán took his shape to visit Áed's beautiful wife, Aíbell. Mongán substituted a temporarily transformed hag for Aíbell, to complete the deception.

9 Poet in the court of Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa who was caught having an affair with Conchobar's strumpet wife Mugain (2). Sentenced to death by the king, he asked that his mode of execution be drowning. Unbeknownst to Conchobar, Áed had the power to dry up any lake except Lough Laí, which lay before the house of the Ulster hero Lóegaire Búadach. Outraged that a poet was to be killed, Lóegaire rushed out of his house as Áed was brought for execution. In doing so Lóegaire cracked open his own head but slew thirty of the execution party, and the poet went free.

10 Son of Miodhchaoin in Lochlainn, from whom Brian (1), Iuchair, and Iucharba had to retrieve three shouts from the hill.

11 Another name for Goll mac Morna, of the Fenian Cycle.

Subjects: Religion.


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