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[cf. OIr. borrach, proud, pretentious person].

Character in the Deirdre story not named in the medieval text Longas mac nUislenn [Exile of the Sons of Uisnech]. On Conchobar's urging he prepares a feast which detains Fergus, who was to be Deirdre and Noíse's surety for a safe return to Emain Macha; when Fergus is delayed, Noíse is killed. Many modern retellers of the story have given the character much colour; James Stephens, Deirdre (London, 1923) makes him a shark-catcher.

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