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1 The son of the Amazonian Aífe in Scotland, fathered by Cúchulainn. The well-known story of Connla's death at his father's hands is told in Aided Óenfhir Aífe [The Death of Aífe's Only Son]. Scottish Gaelic traditions tell of Connla's nurturing at Dunsgàthaich, Isle of Skye. James Macpherson retells the story as ‘Carthon’ in his Ossian (1760). In W. B. Yeats's poem ‘Cuchulain's Fight with the Sea’ (1892), Connla is known as Finmole.

2 The son of Conn Cétchathach [of the Hundred Battles] seduced by a fairy woman. His well-known story is told in Echtrae Conli [The Adventures of Connla]; the title is sometimes translated to include the epithets ‘the Bold’, ‘the Fair’, or ‘the Red’. Connla leaves the land of the living when the fairy woman promises him escape from old age and death; he will not return even with the promise of his father's crown. His story was retold by James Cousins in the play The Sleep of the King (Dublin, 1902; Chicago, 1973).

3 He for whom Connla's Well is named.

Subjects: Religion.


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