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Feradach Fechtnach


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[Ir. Finn Fechtnach, fair fortunate].

Best-known of the several Irish figures of this name, shadowy early king of Ireland, celebrated for his military prowess and described as bearing two bull horns on his head. The name Feradach Finn may be another name for Morann, with whose story his own is confused. An attempt was made to murder the unborn Feradach, but his mother escaped to Alba [Scotland], from which Feradach was invited to return from exile by Morann. Feradach's two sons divided the country between them upon their father's death. One son received her wealth, and her treasure, her cattle and her fortresses; the other received her cliffs and her estuaries, her mast (animal feed) and her ‘sea fruit’, her salmon, her hunting, and her venery. One son was Fiachu Findfholaid, the father of Tuathal Techtmar. See also FURBAIDE FERBEND.

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