Lóegaire Búadach

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[Ir., victorious, triumphant].

Ulster Cycle hero, who appears to be one of the three most prominent when he contends for the champion's portion [Ir. curadmír] with Cúchulainn and Conall Cearnach in Fled Bricrenn [Briccriu's Feast]. Although his name is often cited in passing, the most important text describing Lóegaire comes from the 11th century. When the poet Áed (9) was about to be drowned for his adultery with Conchobar's wife, Mugain (2), Lóegaire rushed from his house in anger to save him. He struck the crown of his head on a door lintel and was killed, but not before he slew thirty of the executioners and spared Áed's life. Lóegaire's mantle is one of the Three Treasures of Ireland. Under the name Lóegaire Bern Búadach, almost a separate identity, he was the ancestor-deity of the Osraige [Ossory], and was thought to have a famous sword.

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