• Ireland, Mag Breg
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Banba is a designation for Ireland as a whole, though  “[o]rig. name of north Leinster = mag mBreg, hence from British compound *Banno-Magos [...] or from *ban-w-yā as a theonym” (eDIL s.v. Banba), as well as an eponymous character or personification who is said to have given her name to the island; sometimes mentioned along with two sisters, Ériu and Fódla, who did likewise.

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(time-frame ass. with Irish legendary history)
In Irish legendary history, chiefly Lebor gabála Érenn, Ladra or Ladru is one of the men who accompanied Cesair or Banba to Ireland as well as the first man to die in Ireland. Ard Ladrann (possibly Ardamine, near Gorey, Co. Wexford) is said to be named for him.

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Mag Breg
Mag Breg
County Meath, County Dublin, County Louth
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Bondarenko, Grigory, “Ireland as mesocosm”, in: Emily Lyle (ed.), Celtic myth in the 21st century: the gods and their stories in a global perspective, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2018. 53–71.
Scowcroft, R. Mark, “Miotas na gabhála i Leabhar gabhála”, in: Pádraig Ó Fiannachta (ed.), Éire Banba Fódla, 13, Maynooth: An Sagart, 1982. 41–75.
Hamp, Eric P., “Varia I”, Ériu 24 (1973): 160–182.
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OʼBrien, M. A., “Varia IV”, Ériu 11 (1932): 154–171.
Ó Briain, Micheál, “Hibernica 6. On the names of Ireland”, Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 14 (1923): 326–334.
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