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Legendary Irish magician from Munster, who was linked in Ireland to biblical and apocryphal traditions, notably as a pupil under Simon Magus and as one responsible for the beheading of John the Baptist. He appears in Irish genealogies as a descendant of Medb and her lover Fergus mac Roích and as an ancestor for Fir Maige Féine, in the area about present-day Fermoy.
  • s. xx–xxi
scholar of Latin and Greek in early and medieval Christianity.

Moirríoghan See: The Morrígan

early Irish saint, abbot of Lethglenn (Old Leighlin in Co. Carlow)

Moling Luachra See: Mo Ling

Molloy (Francis) See: Froinsias Ó Maolmhuaidh

  • 1689–1728
scientist, son of the Irish astronomer William Molyneux
in Munster origin legends, a daughter of (Éber) the king of Spain, who became the wife of Mug Núadat (alias Éogan Taídlech) and the mother of Ailill Ólomm. Her name is given as Bera in Cath Maighe Léna and a long recension of Cóir anmann.
  • supp. fl. 6th/7th century?
Female Irish saint whose hagiographer, Conchubranus, seems to have based her identity on that of Mo Ninne of Killevy, but transformed it to encompass a career in England, Scotland and Rome. Material relating to other saints may have played a part in this transformation.
in Cath Bóinde, son of Conra Cas of the Fir Domnand, and slayer of his brother Tindi, king of Connacht; later appears to have crossed over to the Ulaid.