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Bruiden Da Choca‘Da Coca’s hostel’

  • Middle Irish
  • prose
  • Ulster Cycle
A tale of the Ulster Cycle, set after the death of Conchobar.
Title
Bruiden Da Choca
‘Da Coca’s hostel’
Known also as Togail Bruidne Da Choca(e) ('The destruction of Da Coca's hostel')
Summary
After the death of Conchobar, the Ulaid debate who to give the kingship to, and decide on Conchobar's son, Cormac Cond Longas, who is in exile in Connacht. They send envoys, and Ailill and Medb agree to allow Cormac to take up the kingship. He sets out with a retinue, but Craiphtine the harper, whose wife has slept with Cormac, causes Cormac to break his gessa on the journey. Cormac encounters the Badb in the form of an old woman washing a bloody chariot at the ford. A party of Connachta encounter Cormac's party. They fight several battles, and heroes on both sides are killed. Cormac's party spend the night at Da Coca's hostel, which comes under siege by the Connachta, and Cormac is killed, along with nearly everybody on both sides.
Language
  • Middle Irish
Date
early 12th century (Toner)
Form
prose (primary)
Textual relationships
The lost manuscript Cín Dromma Snechtai is cited in the text as a source for part of the story. Cath Airtig is the immediate sequel.

Classification

Ulster Cycle

Subject tags

Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Amairgen mac EccitAmairgen mac Eccit (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – (chief) poet of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle of tales; son of Eccet Salach
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The BadbThe Badb (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – name of a war-goddess, often in the appearance of an ominous crow (badb)
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Cet mac MágachCet mac Mátach / Cet mac Mágach (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle, Legendary figure) – warrior in the Ulster Cycle of tales; hero of Connacht; in some texts, brother of Findchóem and uncle of Conall Cernach.
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Conall CernachConall Cernach (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior of the Ulaid in the Ulster Cycle; son of Amergin and Findchóem
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Cormac Cond LongasCormac Cond Longas (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of the Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa; in exile in Connacht
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Craiphtine [Ulster Cycle]Craiphtine ... Ulster Cycle (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – harper in Bruiden Da Choca; apparently a version of the harper of the same name associated with Labraid Loingsech, here situated in the world of the Ulster Cycle.
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Cúscraid Mend MachaCúscraid Mend Macha (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior in the Ulster Cycle, son of the Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa.
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Da CocaDa Coca (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – blacksmith in the Ulster Cycle, whose celebrated hostel (bruiden) becomes the scene of action when Cormac Cond Longas is besieged there by the Connachta.
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Dubthach Dóel UladDubthach Dóel Ulad / Dubthach Dáel Ulad (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior in the Ulster Cycle of tales
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Fergus mac RóichFergus mac Róich (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – warrior in tales of the Ulster Cycle; former king of Ulster in exile in Connacht; Medb’s lover
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Medb ChrúachnaMedb Crúachna / Medb of Crúachan / Medb of Connacht (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – Queen of the Connachta, co-ruler with her husband Ailill mac Máta, in the Ulster Cycle. She is said to have a daughter, Findabair, and seven sons known as the seven Maines. Her lover is Fergus mac Róich.
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Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Toner, Gregory [ed. and tr.], Bruiden Da Choca, Irish Texts Society 61, London: Irish Texts Society, 2007.
[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley [ed. and tr.], “Da Choca’s hostel”, Revue Celtique 21 (1900): 149–165, 312–327, 388–402.
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Contributors
Patrick Brown,Dennis Groenewegen
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