Debility/Pangs of the Ulstermen

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When Crunniuc mac Agnomain made his pregnant wife, Macha (3), run a footrace, many of the Ulstermen watching laughed at the distress of her labour. In revenge, Macha (3) cursed them unto nine times nine generations with the pains endured by women in labour, Ir. Ces Nóinden Ulad; ceisnoidhe Uladh [nine days’ affliction of Ulster]. The episode is retold at the beginning of Táin Bó Cuailnge [Cattle Raid of Cooley].

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