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Eithne


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One of the most common women's names in early Ireland, borne by dozens of characters in myth and legend, several important queens, and at least nine saints. The two best-known are probably Eithne (1), the mother of Lug Lámfhota, and Eithne Ingubai, the early mate of Cúchulainn. Eithne is also a river name, surviving in the 40-mile Inny of counties Longford and Westmeath, as a rivulet in Co. Kerry, and perhaps also applying to the Boyne.

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