Conchobar mac Nessa

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.

See also: CathbadCathbad
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
druid to Conchobar mac Nessa, king of Ulster, in the Ulster Cycle; husband of Ness and possible father of Conchobar mac Nessa.
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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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Cú ChulainnCú Chulainn
Young Ulster hero and chief character of Táin bó Cuailnge and other tales of the Ulster Cycle; son of Súaltam or Lug and Deichtire (sister to Conchobor); husband of Emer (ingen Forgaill)
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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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Fachtna FáthachFachtna Fáthach
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
In the Ulster Cycle, a king of the Ulaid who is regarded in one strand of the tradition as husband of Ness and father of Conchobar mac Nessa.
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Fedelm [daughter of Conchobar mac Nessa]Fedelm Noíchrothach or Noíchride, daughter of Conchobar mac Nessa
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Conall Cernach, Cú Chulainn, Cairpre Nia Fer)
daughter of Conchobar mac Nessa.
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Fergus mac RóichFergus mac Róich
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
warrior in tales of the Ulster Cycle; former king of Ulster in exile in Connacht; Medb’s lover
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Furbaide Fer BendFurbaide Fer Bend
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle)
Son of Conchobar mac Nessa (king of the Ulaid) in the Ulster Cycle of tales
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Mugain [daughter of Eochaid Feidlech]Mugain ... daughter of Eochaid Feidlech
(time-frame ass. with Ulster Cycle, Eochaid Feidlech)
daughter of Eochaid Feidlech and wife of Conchobar mac Nessa
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Ness ingen Echach SálbuidiNess ingen Echach Sálbuidi
mother of Conchobar (mac Nessa), king of Ulster in the Ulster Cycle, by the druid Cathbad; daughter of Eochaid Sálbuide, a previous king of Ulster
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Secondary sources (select)

Findon, Joanne, “Nes, Deirdriu, Luaine: fated women in Conchobar’s life”, in: Sarah Sheehan, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett (eds), Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013. 154–170.
Hollo, Kaarina, “Conchobar’s sceptre: the growth of a literary topos”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 29 (Summer, 1995): 11–25.
Jaski, Bart, “Cú Chulainn, gormac and dalta of the Ulstermen”, Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies 37 (Summer, 1999): 1–31.
Discusses the significance of fosterage in the relationship between Conchobar and Cú Chulainn

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