The Kingdom Of Ulaidh.

The Kingdom Of Ulaidh.

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    Conor Mac Nessa :

    The King of the Ulaidh, in some accounts he was the son of Fachtna & Nessa, in other accounts he  married Maeve & Eithne, his father was recorded as Cormac, and his brothers were Dectera & Fewid Hilom, as a child he fell into the river and was rescued by the druid Cathbad.

    Fachtna thought Conor was his own flesh and blood but his wife Nessa had a secret affair with the druid Cathbad, however, when Nessa’s husband Fachtna died, Nessa married Fergus Mac Roth on the condition that he let her son Conor ruled the Ulaid for a limited time.

    Conor refused to give up the throne as Fachtna fled for his life to Connaught. Conor first wife was Maeve who was living in the Kingdom of Ulaidh at the time, but Maeve proved too much for Conor, who resorted to ignoring her, with this turn of events Maeve left Ulaidh and went to Connaught and married the much older Ailill, left at Conor’s court was Maeve’s sister, the beautiful Eithne, who Conor would later marry.

    When the mystical daughter Felim was born, with the given name of Deirdre, a cunning woman prophesied that Deirdre would bring much trouble to the Kingdom of Ulaidh, unfortunately by rumour and gossip the prophecy spread, so much so, that the intervention of Conor was needed to dispel these unfounded rumours.

    He took Deirdre from court to live with his childhood nurse Lavarcham, who lived in a remote part of the Kingdom of Ulaidh, as Deirdre began to grow she became friends with 3 neighbouring brothers, Naisi, Ardan & Ainle, as Deirdre came of age, the 3 brothers duped her and carried her off to Scotland. Lavarcham reported this to Conor, instead of being angry, he remained quite calm, and Conor put quill to parchment granted them safe passage if they ever wanted to return to Ireland.

    A year later the 3 brothers returned with Deidre, now a full grown woman, Conor broke his oath and had his soldiers kill the 3 brothers and forced Deidre against her will to live with him at court, but Deidre hated Conor for killing her sweetheart Naisi and his two brothers, she either leapt from a chariot or threw herself from the walls of Conor’s stronghold crashing her skull against the rocks.

    News of Deidre’s death spread throughout the Kingdom of Ulaidh, as the common folk waited for the repercussions of this untimely death, Cathbad who had also been ousted from Conor’s court, gave a grave prophecy about his disgraced son. ‘Because of Conor’s treachery over the years of his reign, none of Conor’s off-spring would inherit the throne of the Ulaidh’.  A prophecy that proved to be correct.

    Reference Used : Jack Coleman.

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      Spear Cast : More Tales Of Finn MacCool :

      While Finn was hunting in the West Coast of Scotland, the High-Chieftain of Dublin asked for Finn’s help, two of the Chieftain’s children had been kidnapped in infancy, the remaining five older children were leading perfectly normal lives, but the Chieftain’s wife was pregnant and he feared for the future of the unborn child.

      Finn and other hunter-warriors sailed with the Chieftain back to Dublin, after some investigation Finn realised that an ogre was responsible for kidnapping the children of the Chieftain, they tracked the ogre down and put him to the sword, in a cave they found the two girls, the daughters of the Chieftain who had developed supernatural powers.

      The Chieftain accepted his daughters back into the family, but as they had been touched by the Otherworld, they would spend the rest of their lives acting eeriely and strange in customs and speech. The Chieftain offered Finn gold and silver that he gave to his warriors, keeping nothing for himself.

      Finn sat on the floor of the Court of Dublin playing with a new born hound, the Chieftain’s wife so grateful to Finn for reuniting her family, she gave Finn the hound, who he named Bran.

      Finn was inseparable from his horse Grey, a mare he was given by Liath Luachra many years previous, he knew the Fianna secretly mocked him for his nag, his broken-down horse, while on the firm sand of the beach Finn whispered into Grey’s ear and she galloped at full-speed, as the other horses of the Fianna could not keep pace with Grey’s supreme strength.

      Reference : Jack Coleman

       

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      Fionn Mac Cumhaill :

      Fionn was a mythical hunter-warrior of Irish mythology, occurring also in the mythologies of Scotland & The Isle Of Mann, the stories of Fionn and his followers the Fianna, form The Fenian Cycle, much of which is narrated in the voice of Fionn’s son, the poet Oisin. His son Oisin described his father as pale of complexion with handsome features, with fair hair that bleached in the sun.

      Also that Fionn was highly intelligent, blessed by the gods, with a moral sense, and just and true to all people, perhaps the description of a super-hero, Fionn was the son of Cumhaill, the leader of the Fianna, and his mother was Muirne, the daughter of the druid Tadg Mac Nuadat who lived at Cnoc Almu.

      His mother Muirne left Fionn in the care of Bodmall and the fighting woman, Liath Luachra, and they brought him up in secret in the forest of Sliabh Bladma, teaching the young Fionn the arts of hunting and warfare. The young Fionn met the druid and poet Finnegas who was only four foot tall, and studied under him the finer arts on the banks of the river Boyne.

      The elf-like Finnegas had spent seven years trying to catch ‘the salmon of knowledge’, who lived in a lake by the river Boyne, under Fionn’s guidance Finnegas eventually caught the salmon, and gave the salmon to his other young apprentice Deimne to boil in the cauldron. In touching the salmon Deimne increased in intelligence. So Finnegas shared the salmon with Fionn & Deimne, the fishes meat tasted of hazel nuts.

      Fionn & Folklore :

      Many geographical features in Ireland are attributed to Fionn, such as The Giant’s Causeway as a stepping stone to Scotland, also he created The Isle Of Man that was originally part of Ireland by his unnatural strength. Fingal’s Cave in the Irish Sea was also associated with Fionn. In both Irish & Manx popular folklore Fionn was known as Finn MacCool, portrayed as a magical, benevolent man who was seven feet tall, his wife is recorded as the six foot Oona.

      Reference : http://www.wikipedia.org

      Other Stories About Finn MacCool :

      When Finn’s father was killed by Goll Mac Morna, Finn’s mother Muirne fearing for the life of her child, hid herself in the hills, until she handed Finn over to her sister-in-law Murna and the warrior-maid Liath Luachra who preferred to rear the young Finn in the wild, close to Mother Nature.

      When rumours and gossip reached the ears of Goll, he sent the Fianna to find Cumaill’s heir and kill him, but Finn had fled to the banks of the Boyne and was being tutored by the druid Finnegas, as Finn reached adulthood, he went back to the Court of Goll Mac Morna and killed Lia, the treasurer of the Fianna, and gave the gold coinage to the survivors of The Battle Of Knock who had fought valiantly on his father’s side.

      Gold and silver also for his uncle Crimmal & the Fianna of the Mide, he killed the demons Aillen who had destroyed the wooden palace of Tara, after this deed Finn was given the captaincy of the Meath Fianna, his first military venture was returning to Ulaidh to avenge his father’s death.

      Reference : Jack Coleman.

       

       

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      Wow! I did not know a lot about this. Thanks for these informative posts!

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      Fianna :

      The Fianna were small, semi-independent warrior-bands in Irish mythology, they featured in the tales of The Finian Cycle, where they were led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, (Finn MacCool), they are based on historical bands of aristocratic landless young men in the early Medieval era of Ireland.

      The historical institution of the Fiann was made up of landless young men and women, often young aristocrats who had yet not received their inheritance of wealth and land, the Fianna during the winter months were quartered and fed by the nobility, during those cold months they would keep order on the behalf of the nobility.

      But during the summer, between the Beltaine to the Samhain, they were obliged to live by hunting for food and for pelts to sell, in The Ulster Cycle, the druid Cathbad leads the Fianna which fights against other groups of the Fianna, in a Ulaid civil skirmish, the Princess Ness in response leads her own Fianna in pursuit of Cathbad.

      However, the stories of the Fiannaiocht, set around the time of Cormac Mac Airt, depict the Fianna as a single standing army in the service of the High-King, although it contains two rival factions, the Clann Baiscne of Leinster, led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and the Clann Morna of Connacht, led by Goll Mac Morna, who lives apart from society, surviving on hunting.

      Reference : http://www.wikipedia.org

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