Cormac mac Airt

legendary high-king of Ireland; son of Art son of Conn Cétchathach; contemporary of Finn mac Cumaill
See also: Art mac CuinnArt mac Cuinn
(time-frame ass. with Irish legendary history)
legendary Irish king, father of Cormac mac Airt
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Finn mac CumaillFinn mac Cumaill (Find úa Báiscni)
Fionn mac Cumhaill, Find úa Báiscni
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Finn mac Cumaill (earlier mac Umaill?), Find úa Báiscni: central hero in medieval Irish and Scottish literature of the so-called Finn Cycle; warrior-hunter and leader of a fían
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Ailbe ingen ChormaicAilbe ingen Chormaic
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daughter of Cormac mac Airt; wooed by Finn mac Cumaill in the tale of Tochmarc Ailbe.
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Eithne ThóebfhotaEithne Thóebfhota
wife of Cormac mac Airt; daughter of Cathaír Mór
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(time-frame ass. with Cormac mac Airt, Finn Cycle)
daughter of Cormac mac Airt
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Grec mac ArodGrec mac Arod
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Medb LethdergMedb Lethderg
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O'Donnell, Thomas C., Fosterage in medieval Ireland: an emotional history, The Early Medieval North Atlantic 9, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020.  
Fosterage was a central feature of medieval Irish society, yet the widespread practice of sending children to another family to be cared for until they reached adulthood is a surprisingly neglected topic. Where it has been discussed, fosterage is usually conceptualised and treated as a purely legal institution. This work seeks to outline the emotional impact of growing up within another family. What emerges is a complex picture of deeply felt emotional ties binding the foster family together. These emotions are unique to the social practice of fosterage, and we see the language and feelings originating within the foster family being used to describe other relationships such as those in the monastery or between humans and animals. This book argues that the more we understand how people felt in fosterage, the more we understand medieval Ireland.
Yocum, Christopher Guy, “Wisdom literature in early Ireland”, Studia Celtica 46 (2012): 39–58.  
This article explores connections between early Irish law and wisdom literature and the international context of such literature in Europe and the Near East. Insights from Old Testament studies – particularly the wisdom literature of the Old Testament – are combined with analysis from wisdom literature of medieval Europe and medieval Ireland. This is to forge a view of wisdom literature and the wisdom figures representing it.
Kelly, Fergus, “Cormac mac Airt (supp. 196/7–267)”, Oxford dictionary of national biography, Online: Oxford University Press. URL: <>.
Sayers, William, “Portraits of the ruler: Óláfr pái Hõskuldsson and Cormac mac Airt”, Journal of Indo-European Studies 17 (1989): 77–97.
Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, “Historical need and literary narrative”, in: Evans, D. Ellis, John G. Griffith, and E. M. Jope (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Congress of Celtic studies, held at Oxford, from 10th to 15th July, 1983, Proceedings of the International Congress of Celtic Studies, Oxford: D. E. Evans, 1986. 141–158.