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[noble, proud]. Name borne by many figures in early Irish tradition, most notably Guaire Aidne, king of Connacht (d. 663), much celebrated as a paragon of hospitality and generosity, called ‘Guaire of the extended hand’. His daughter Créd (2) became the lover of Cano. A favourite allusion of W. B. Yeats, Guaire appears in the poem ‘The Three Beggars’ and is the title-character of the play The King's Threshold (1904). One of the most photographed castles in Ireland, Dún Guaire, 1 mile E of Kinvara, Co. Galway, is named for him; erected in 1520, it lies on the site of a 7th-century fortification attributed to Guaire.

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