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Name borne by several female figures in Irish myth, legend, and history, usually minor supporting characters in other figures' stories. One is the daughter of Midir, the fairy king. The most significant is the woman of the sídh in the Fenian Cycle, supposed daughter of Bodb, who tempted and tormented Fionn. She said she would be Fionn's wife if he would take her and be faithful to her for a year, and for half of the time after that. When Fionn refused, she gave him a cup of enchanted mead that drove him insane, causing him to rail against the Fianna, who deserted him. Caílte persuaded the Fianna to return and by nightfall the madness left Fionn.

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