[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).