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Celtic Ireland - Hero & Heroine Names

Amairgen | legendary poet and warrior who resembles the Welsh Taliesin

Cathbadh | a druid who appears in various tales of the Ulster Cycle

Conall Cernach | warrior-hero of Ulster; his name suggests his status: Conall means "strong" and Cernach translates roughly as "victorious"

Conchobar | king of Ulster; closely linked with the hero Cu Chulainn

Conn | a High King of Ireland; known as "Conn of the Hundred Battles"

Cu Chulainn | a hero and warrior par excellence; his name means "hound of Culann"

Cu Roi | in the Ulster Cycle, he is a sorcerer who transforms himself into various guises

Deirdre | beautiful woman whose tragic tale is part of the Ulster Cycle

Emer | the wife of Cu Chulainn

Fedelma | poet and prophetess in the service of Queen Medb

Ferghus | the king of Ulster prior to Conchobar

Finn Mac Cool | hero of the Fionn Cycle; he was also the leader of the Fianna

Fintan | the salmon of knowledge

Grainne | in the Fionn Cycle, she is betrothed to Finn, but falls in love with Diarmaid

Mac Da Tho | appears in the Ulster Cycle as a king of Leinster; in reality a god of the Otherworld

Maeldun | hero who went on a legendary voyage

Medb | Queen of Connacht; a translation of her name is "she who intoxicates"

Naoise | romantically linked to Deirdre in the Ulster Cycle

Oisin | son of Finn (the hero of the Fionn Cycle); a warrior and poet

Partholon | he led the initial group that colonized Ireland, according to legend (in the Book of Invasions)

Scathach | a legendary female warrior who trained Cu Chulainn

Related Information - More Celtic Mythology Names


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