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Queen Maeve Of Connacht :
The mother-goddess of Connacht, who is celebrated as the Warrior Queen in all of Ireland, Maeve was recorded as the wife of Aillill Mac Mata & for a short time the wife of Conor Mac Nessa, it is recorded that when Conor grew tired of Maeve, she returned to her father who resided at Tara.
She later married the older Aillill of Connacht, and had affairs with Tinne & Eochaid Dala, Maeve coveted the Brown Bull of Cooley, and Maeve with her husband Aillill and the warriors of Connacht raided Ulaidh to seize it. The great bull was captured by Cuchulainn who also inflicted defeat on the warriors of Connacht.
Maeve swore her revenge on the lands of the Ulaidh, and turn her hand to the darker arts, seven years later she returned with the warriors of Connacht and also the Children of Catalin, who conjured up phantom battalions to add to the ranks of the Connacht, to harass the warriors of the Ulaidh. Maeve is mentioned in ‘The Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.
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Maeve & The Cave Of Oweynagat :
Many folk tales abound about the Oweynagat at Rathcroghan in the Kingdom of Connacht, from small red birds who came from the cave and withered vegetation wherever they perched, also strange-looking pigs also with decaying properties, Aillill sent Connacht warriors to destroy both birds and pigs, but they had to contend with their supernatural abilities of their vanishing powers and their abilities to shed captured skin.
Also the Oweynagat was a cave full of wild cats, by their ancient description they sound like the Lynx, who inhabited both Ireland & the Iberian Peninsula at the time of Queen Maeve, the Irish folk-tales say that the lynx were nocturnal creatures, and that the lynx symbolise the hidden, mysterious knowledge of the world.
One of its perceived characteristic is its keen sight, and at one time the ancient people believed in the lynx’s incredible night vision and its ability to see through tree trunks and walls in night-time hunting, these wild cats came to symbolise clear-sightedness in both the literal and metaphorical sense of these old folk-tales, Queen Maeve is always associated with the Cave of Oweynagat, and this adds to the Queen’s colourful character.
The Oweynagat was regarded as an entrance to the Underworld, and there is a folk-tale from the 18th century of an adventurous person entering the opening of the Oweynagat and emerging several miles away in Keshcorran, County Sligo.
Reference Used : Jack & Odele Nozdah.
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