Aided mac Conchobuir‘The death of Conchobar’s sons’

  • Middle Irish
  • Ulster Cycle, Aideda
Brief account. A hunter catches three hares at Emain Macha, but as he prepares to cook them a voice recites a poem, and tells him he has killed the three sons of Conchobar mac Nessa, Cormac Cond Longas, Cairpre and Cúscraid Mend Macha, who had taken the form of hares. The hunter runs away, leaving his game behind.
  • Middle Irish
  • Middle Irish.


Ulster Cycle
Ulster Cycle
id. 1797


Conchobar mac NessaConchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
king of the Ulaid in tales of the Ulster Cycle; son either of Cathbad or Fachtna Fáthach (father) and Ness (mother); husband of Mugain; father of Cormac Cond Longas, Cúscraid Mend Macha, Furbaide Fer Bend and Fedelm Noíchrothach; fosterfather of Cú Chulainn.
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Cormac Cond LongasCormac Cond Longas
(time-frame ass. with 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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Cúscraid Mend MachaCúscraid Mend Macha
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior in the Ulster Cycle, son of the Ulster king Conchobar mac Nessa.
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Cairpre mac ConchobairCairpre mac Conchobair
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Emain Macha
Emain Macha ... Navan Fort
County Armagh
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[ed.] [tr.] Bergin, Osborn [ed. and tr.], “The death of Conchobar’s sons”, Ériu 7 (1914): 242–243.
Dennis Groenewegen, Patrick Brown
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May 2011, last updated: August 2020