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1 Father of the five heroes known as Lugaid; see LUGAID LAÍGDE. It was foretold that a son of Dáire would be king of Ireland, and so Dáire named each of his sons by that name. As these heroes are confused with Lug Lámfhota, so too this Dáire may be identified with Cian, father of Lug. This Dáire may also be the father of Cú Roí mac Dáiri.

2 2. The son of Fergus of the Noble Judgement, ruler of Tír Tairngire, visited by Conn in Echtrae Airt meic Cuinn [The Adventure of Art Son of Conn]. He may also be known as Dáire Degamra. His marriage to Rígru Rosclethan is described as ‘sinless’; his son is Ségda Sáerlabraid.

3 3. The son of Fionn mac Cumhaill. Dáire was swallowed by a monster or dragon but cut himself out, liberating others along with himself. May be known as Dáire Derg, but should be distinguished from the Dáire Derg who opposed Fionn.

4 Daigre, Daighre. Musician of the Fianna Éireann in the Fenian Cycle, celebrated in many stories for his melodiousness. Known in English stories as ‘Dáire of the Poems’. See also CNÚ DEIREÓIL.

Subjects: Religion.


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