Site of legendary battle in early Irish history in which Lugaid mac Con is defeated by the southern Irish forces of the Eóganacht, led by his brother Eógan (3). Modern commentators have suggested that the legendary battle may be based on a historical defeat of the invading Érainn by Eóganacht and their Múscraige allies. Cenn Abrat is coextensive with the Ballyhoura mountains, Co. Limerick. Forced into exile in Scotland, Lugaid later returns to fight the decisive battle of Mag Mucrama; see CATH MAIGE MUCRAMA [The Battle of Mucrama].
See P. J. Lynch, Cenn Abrat (Limerick, 1911);Myles Dillon, ‘Lecan Text of the Battle of Cenn Abrat’, PMLA 60 (1945), 10–15;‘Death of Mac Con’, PMLA 60 (1945), 340–5.