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Name used in early texts for a plain extending roughly from Cashel to Clonmel in what is today Co. Tipperary. Proximity to the mountain known today as Slievenamon [Ir. Sliab na mBan, mountain of the women] has often linked the two place-names. Femen abounds in mythological and historical associations. It is the site of Sídh ar Femen, home of Bodb Derg, the son of the Dagda. Midir and Eacute;taín escape to the Sídh ar Femen in Tochmarc Étaíne [The Wooing of Étaín]; Fionn mac Cumhaill is enchanted here. The plain of Femen was thought to control power and wealth in Munster, which may explain the Cailleach Bhéirre's interest in it. The historical King Corc mac Luigthig founded an early dynasty here before establishing the Eóganacht at Cashel. The plain of Femen includes Lough Béldracon, where Angus Óg found Cáer, the tall maiden.

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