See also: Eochaid Find Fúath nAirtEochaid Find Fúath nAirt
(supp. fl. c.2nd century)
Eochaid Fúath nAirt
In Irish historical tradition, eponymous ancestor of the Fothairt, a son of Feidlimid Rechtaid and brother of Conn Cétchathach.
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Fintan of ClonenaghFintan of Clonenagh
(supp. fl. 6th century)
Fintan of Taghmon
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A people or túath of the Connachta whose name survives as modern Laois. A prominent dynasty are the Loígis Reta, who are named after Mag Reta.
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Charles-Edwards, T. M., “Early Irish saints’ cults and their constituencies”, Ériu 54 (2004): 79–102.  

This article explores the differences between early Irish saints' cults, concentrating mainly but not exclusively on those associated with the Fothairt. It begins with a simple and local cult, that of Damnat of Tedavnet, and a complex and widespread cult, that of Brigit. It is argued that Brigit's cult had at least four constituencies: the Fothairt, Kildare, Leinster, and the weak throughout Ireland and even in Britain. Brigit's cult among the Fothairt is then contrasted with that of another Fothairt saint, Fintan of Clonenagh; and Fintan's cult, in turn, is contrasted with that of Rígnach. The Uí Ercáin, a branch of the Fothairt, illustrate how the political status of a cult's constituency may determine its character. Finally, the shift from an alliance between cults to competition is studied in the example of Cainnech and Columba.

Johnston, Elva, “Transforming women in Irish hagiography”, Peritia 9 (1995): 197–220.
Dobbs, Margaret E., “On the settlement of the Fotharta and the Laigsi”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 16 (1927): 395–405.
MacNeill, John, “Early Irish population groups: their nomenclature, classification and chronology”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 29 C (April 1911, 1911–1912): 59–114.
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