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1 ‘King Goll’ of W. B. Yeats's poem ‘The Madness of King Goll’ (1887) has been fatuously traced to any number of petty Irish rulers. Contemporary informed opinion asserts that Yeats wilfully substituted the name Goll for Suibne/ Sweeney of Buile Shuibhne [The Frenzy of Suibne].

2 2. also Gaul. Leading character in Macpherson's Ossian (1760), the son of Morni. First a disputant of Fingal, he later became that hero's most faithful friend. Wounded by having a large rock rolled upon his leg while bravely defending himself, Goll later fell sacrifice to his enemies.

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