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[Ir., radiance, spark, fire].

Old Irish goddess or fairy queen, associated with north Munster, a patron of the O'Briens. Her fairy mound is at Craig Liath (also Craigeevil), near Killaloe, Co. Clare. Comparable to both Áine and Clídna, she was a rival of the latter for the affections of Caomh. Clídna put her under a spell and changed her into a white cat. In other accounts, she accompanied Brian Bórama (Boru) to Clontarf and became a lover of an attendant, Dubhlaing, to Brian's oldest son.

Aíbell figures in many works of Irish literature including the 18th-century Cúirt an Mheáin Oíche or Midnight Court of Brian Merriman and The Mock Aeneid of Donnchadh Ruadh Mac Conmara (MacNamara). Also the name of the wife of Áed (8).

Subjects: Religion.

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