Tuesday, July 12, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Cathbad

Cathbad, in Irish mythology, was a seer and druid, and advisor to Conchobar Mac Nessa, the king of Ulster. Cathbad prophesised that though Deirdre would have great beauty she would bring destruction to Ulster. He also foretold that the hero Cuchulainn would have a glorious but short life. When Conchobar Mac Nessa became cruel towards the end of his reign, Cathbad cursed the king and his stronghold at Emain Macha. Cathbad had three children, Dechtire, the mother of Cuchulainn, Elbha, the mother of Naoise, and Findchaem, mother of Conall Cearnach.


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