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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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