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Conall Gulban


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[Ir., beak, sting].

Son of Niall Noígiallach [of the Nine Hostages] and a founder of the kingdom of Tír Chonaill (Co. Donegal). Conall and his two brothers, Eógan and Énna (3), were, according to T. F. O'Rahilly, identical with the three Collas who razed the Ulster capital of Emain Macha; see Early Irish History and Mythology (Dublin, 1946), 230. On his own Conall headed the Clann Conaill. The establishment of two kingdoms in north-west Ulster, Tír Chonaill by Conall and Tír Eógain [Tyrone] by his brother Eógan, were signal events in early Irish history. According to oral tradition, Conall Gulban gave his name to Ben Bulben [corrupted from Beinn Ghulbain], Co. Sligo, when he was killed pursuing a giant who had abducted Eithne Uchtsholas, daughter of the king of Leinster. His descendant was Colum Cille. Sometimes reputed to be living at the falls of Assaroe.

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