Medb Lethderg

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[Ir., red-side, half-red].

Goddess of sovereignty at Tara and queen of Leinster. Although portrayed as a separate character from Medb of Connacht, she is her double and is probably older; Medb of Connacht may well be an emanation from Medb Lethderg. Daughter of Conán of Cualu [Dublin/Wicklow], she was the wife of nine successive kings of Ireland, including the father of Conn Cétchathach [of the Hundred Battles], Cormac mac Airt, who could not be considered a king until he had slept with her, and Art mac Cuinn (the son of Conn).

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