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Medb of Crúachan
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.
See also: Ailill mac MátaAilill mac Máta (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle) – king of Connacht, husband of Medb of Connacht
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Findabair [daughter of Medb and Ailill]Findabair ... daughter of Medb and Ailill (ass. time-frame: Subject:Ulster Cycle) – daughter of Medb and Ailill in the Ulster Cycle
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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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The seven Mainesseven Maines, The (ass. time-frame: Ulster Cycle, Conchobar mac Nessa, Conaire Mór) – In the Ulster Cycle, the seven Maines (na secht Maine) are a collective designation for the seven, or eight, sons of Medb and Ailill, all of whom are named Maine: Maine Máithremail and Maine Aithremail, Maine Míngor and Maine Mórgor, Maine Andóe, Maine Milscothach and/or Maine Mó Epert, and Maine Conda(s)gaib/Cotagaib Uile.
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See also references for related subjects.
Edel, Doris, Inside the Táin: exploring Cú Chulainn, Fergus, Ailill, and Medb, Berlin: curach bhán, 2015.
Ingridsdotter, Kicki, “Motivation for incest: Clothru and the battle of Druim Criaich”, Studia Celtica Fennica 10 (2013): 45–63.
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Sheehan, Sarah, “Loving Medb”, in: Sheehan, Sarah, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett (eds.), Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 171–186.
Ó Cathasaigh, Tomás, “Ailill and Medb: a marriage of equals”, in: Ó hUiginn, Ruairí, and Brian Ó Catháin (eds.), Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Maynooth 24-27 July 2005, Maynooth: An Sagart, 2009. 46–53.
Edel, Doris, “Myth versus reality: Queen Medb of Connacht and her critics, ancient and modern”, in: Edel, Doris, The Celtic west and Europe: studies in Celtic literature and the early Irish church, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2001. 153–176.
Brenneman, Jr., Walter L., “The drunken and the sober: a comparative study of Lady Sovereignty In Irish and Indic contexts”, in: Greppin, John, and Edgar C. Polomé (eds), Studies in honor of Jaan Puhvel, 2 vols, vol. 2: Mythology and religion, JIES Monograph 21, Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man, 1997. 54–82.
Polomé, Edgar C., “Some reflections on the Vedic religious vocabulary”, in: Greppin, John, and Edgar C. Polomé (eds), Studies in honor of Jaan Puhvel, 2 vols, vol. 2: Mythology and religion, JIES Monograph 21, Washington, DC: Institute for the Study of Man, 1997. 225–234.
Sessle, Erica, “Misogyny and Medb: approaching Medb with feminist critism”, in: Mallory, James P., and Gerard Stockman (eds.), Ulidia: proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Belfast and Emain Macha, 8–12 April 1994, Belfast: December, 1994. 135–138.
Dooley, Ann, “The invention of women in the Táin”, in: Mallory, James P., and Gerard Stockman (eds.), Ulidia: proceedings of the First International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Belfast and Emain Macha, 8–12 April 1994, Belfast: December, 1994. 123–133.
Bowen, Charles, “Great-bladdered Medb: mythology and invention in the Táin bó Cuailnge”, Éire-Ireland 10:4 (Winter, 1975): 14–34.
Ó Máille, Tomás, “Medb Chruachna”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 17 (1928): 129–146.


  • Late Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Eochaid Feidlech
  • Conchobar mac Nessa
  • Eochaid Dála
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • The seven Maines
  • The three Findemna
  • Tinde mac Connrach
  • Old Irish
  • remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Mythological Cycle
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Óengus mac ind Óc
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Fíngen ... physician of Conchobar mac Nessa
  • Middle Irish
  • lists (document genres)
  • Medieval Irish literature
  • early Irish literature
  • Old Irish
  • Middle Irish
  • Cycles of the Kings
  • Ailill Ólomm
  • Sadb ingen Chuinn
  • Éogan Mór mac Ailella
  • Lugaid Mac Con
  • Lugaid Lága(e)
  • Ferchess mac Commáin
  • Do Déra
  • Éogabal (var. Éogabul, Eogabál), sometimes mac Durgabuil
  • Battle of Mag Mucrama
  • Fer Fí
Táin bó Cúailnge I
Story about the death of Medb’s cowherd Lóthar, with an additional anecdote about the search for the bull. It occurs only in the first recension of TBC.
  • Dinnshenchas
  • Aided
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Donn Cúailnge
  • Lóthar
  • Glenn Gat
  • Slíab Cuillinn
  • Old Irish
  • Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Old Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Bricriu
  • Celtchar (mac Uithechair)
  • Cet mac Mágach
  • Conall Cernach
  • Conchobar mac Nessa
  • Cúscraid Mend Macha
  • Eógan mac Durthacht
  • Fergus mac Róich
  • Lóegaire Búadach
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Munremar mac Gerrcind
  • Mac Da Thó
  • Crimthann Nia Nair
  • Lugaid mac Con Roí
Táin bó Cúailnge I, Táin bó Cúailnge II, Táin bó Cúailnge III
The narrative covered here consists of two main threads: (1) Slánugud na Mórrigna proper: Cú Chulainn’s meeting with the Morrígan, who is disguised as an old woman with a cow, and his unwitting healing of her injuries as he utters a blessing at every drought of milk he accepts from her; and (2) Cú Chulainn’s victories in a series of fights with numerous opponents sent by Medb of Connacht as he defends Ulster in the area of Delgu Muirtheimne.
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Early Modern Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Conall Cernach
  • Medb of Crúachan
Táin bó Cúailnge I, Táin bó Cúailnge II
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
Táin bó Cúailnge I, Táin bó Cúailnge II
Anecdote about the death of Medb's handmaid Lócha (Recension 1) or Loche (Recension 2).
  • Dinnshenchas
  • Aided
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Cú Chulainn
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Réid Lócha
  • Cuinche
  • Lócha
  • Old Irish
  • Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Old Irish
  • remscéla to Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Conall Cernach
  • Fráech
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Findabair
Independent, Tochmarc Emire
Poem in the form of a prophecy delivered by Scáthach to Cú Chulainn.
  • Old Irish
  • Early Irish poetry
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Cú Chulainn
  • Scáthach
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Finnbennach (Aí)
  • Donn Cúailnge
Táin bó Cúailnge I, Táin bó Cúailnge II
A series of episodes found in Táin bó Cúailnge (recensions I and II), in which the river Cronn and one or two other streams rise against the hosts of Connacht, hindering their progress and leading to the death of Úalu and the loss of many more warriors.
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Úalu
  • Glais Cruind
  • Clúain Carpat
  • Lía Úaland
  • Cronn ... river
  • Old Irish
  • Middle Irish
  • Early Modern Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
  • Amairgen mac Eccit (Salaig)
  • Cathbad
  • Cethern mac Fintain
  • Conall Cernach
  • Conchobar mac Nessa
  • Cormac Cond Longas
  • Cú Chulainn
  • Cú Roí (mac Dáiri)
  • Dubthach Dóel Ulad
  • Eógan mac Durthacht
  • Fer Diad
  • Fergus mac Róich
  • Findabair, Finnabair
  • Fráech
  • Lug
  • The seven Maines
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • The Morrígan
  • Munremar mac Gerrcind
  • Aillil mac Máta
  • Early Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Furbaide Fer Bend
Dinnshenchas Érenn C
Dinnshenchas of Duma(e) Selga.
  • Middle Irish
  • Dinnshenchas
  • Early Irish poetry
  • Dinnshenchas Érenn
  • Mythological Cycle
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Duma Selga
  • Óengus mac ind Óc
  • Drebriu ... daughter of Eochaid Feidlech
  • Medb of Crúachan
  • Brogarbán ... warrior
Táin bó Cúailnge I, Táin bó Cúailnge II
Episode in the Táin bó Cúailnge (Recensions I and II), in which the warrior Cethern mac Fintain single-handedly fights the men of Ireland in their encampment (while Cú Chulainn is recovering), returns to receive treatment for his wounds, and launches a final attack on the encampment. It is the first of a final series of episodes in the Táin (the so-called dinda na Tána as Recension I describes them).
  • Táin bó Cúailnge
A tale of the Ulster Cycle, set after the death of Conchobar.
  • Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle
  • Ailill mac Máta
  • Amairgen mac Eccit (Salaig)
  • The Badb
  • Cet mac Mágach
  • Conall Cernach
  • Cormac Cond Longas
  • Craiphtine ... Ulster Cycle
  • Cúscraid Mend Macha
  • Da Coca
  • Dubthach Dóel Ulad
  • Fergus mac Róich
  • Medb of Crúachan

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