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Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín

Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín  

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(fl. 1410),member of a learned family of north Connacht. He made a copy of Lebor Gabála in 1418.
Agnoman

Agnoman  

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An oft-cited ancestor of Nemed mac Agnomain and Crunnchu of the Nemedians in the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions].
Aileach

Aileach  

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[Ir., rock].A great stone fort dating from perhaps early Christian times at Inishowen Head in north-east Co. Donegal, 5 miles W of [London]Derry, on the western entrance to Lough Foyle. Although the ...
Ailill Érann

Ailill Érann  

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Another name for Bolg or Bolga, an ancestor-deity of the Fir Bolg in the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions].
Aitheach-thúath

Aitheach-thúath  

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[Ir., vassals, rent-paying peoples].According to the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions], they were pre-Gaelic people of Ireland who rebelled against the Milesians, with short-lived success.
Aithechda

Aithechda  

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[Ir., vassal, peasant, churl, plebe].According to the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions] a son of Japheth, son of Noah, and ancestor of Partholón. His is the oldest non-biblical name in the pedigree of ...
Amazon

Amazon  

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Mythical race of female warriors. The name was popularly understood as ‘breastless’ (maza, ‘breast’) and the story told that they ‘pinched out’ or ‘cauterized’ the right breast so as not to impede ...
Amergin

Amergin  

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The name given to several legendary poets in medieval Irish literature, signifying wonderful birth. Amergin is included in pseudo-historical accounts of the settlement of the Gaels in Ireland as ...
Annals of the Four Masters

Annals of the Four Masters  

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A 17th century compilation of earlier Irish chronicles, such as the Annals of Connacht and the Annals of Ulster; its Irish name is Annála Ríoghachta Éireann ‘Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland’. It was ...
Armagh

Armagh  

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Was the smallest of the six countries of Northern Ireland. The chief town is Armagh which has been an archbishopric since the 12th cent.: there is also a Roman catholic archbishopric. The catholic ...
Babal

Babal  

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A Partholonian merchant in the Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions] credited with the introduction of cattle into Ireland.
Banba

Banba  

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A poetic name for Ireland in early times, one of a divine trio of eponyms for Ireland along with Ériu and Fódla. Her father was Delbáeth (2) and mother Eirnin. A well-known fiction to explain how ...
Beltane

Beltane  

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An ancient Celtic festival celebrated on May Day, marked by bonfires being kindled on the hills. Beltane was also traditionally one of the quarter-days in Scotland, the others being Hallowmas, ...
Beóthach

Beóthach  

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[Ir., living].The Nemedian ancestor of the Tuatha Dé Danann. In the pseudo-history Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions], Beóthach was grandson of Nemed and son of Iarbanél, who survived the rout at Tory ...
Bile

Bile  

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[Ir., scion, hero, noble warrior].One of the leaders of the Milesians in the pseudo-history Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions]. To avenge the death of his son Ith, Bile joined another son, Míl Espáine, ...
Biobal

Biobal  

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A Partholonian merchant in the pseudo-history Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions] who, with his partner Babal, introduced gold into Ireland.
Bith

Bith  

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[Ir., world (?)].In the pseudo-history Lebor Gabála [Book of Invasions], an apocryphal son of Noah who was denied entry to the Ark. With the counsel of his daughter, Cesair, he built an idol who ...
boar

boar  

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The ancient Taittiriya Samhita and Satapatha Brahmana of India tell how the creator Prajapati became a boar and spread out the earth, which thus became Prthivi (the “extended one”), who ...
Bolg

Bolg  

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1 Bolga, Bulga [Ir., lightning (?)]. Name borne by several shadowy figures in early Irish mythology and history of whom the most important appears to be the ancestor deity of both the Corcu Loígde, a ...
Book of Ballymote

Book of Ballymote  

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The (Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta), a manuscript compilation of the late 14th cent. Its contents include genealogy, Auraicept na nÉces, Dinnshenchas Érenn, and Lebor Gabála. The book was presented to the ...

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