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Proud, vain princess of the ‘South’, i.e. Munster, in Oidheadh Chlainne Lir [The Tragic Story of the Children of Lir]. The curse transforming the children into swans was prophesied to last until a Woman of the South should be joined with a man from the North. Deoch, daughter of the Munster chieftain Fínghein, does indeed marry Lairgnéan, a prince of Connacht. As Deoch speaks of her desire to possess the four singing swans, Lairgnéan resolves to get them, and the violence of his seizure undoes the magic which disguised them.

Subjects: Religion.

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