People, Places and Pronunciation for Conor Kelly and The Fenian King

People, Places, and Pronunciation.

Conor Kelly and The Fenian King

  • Aengus Óg – (Ang-gus-Oag) Denann God of youth and love. Name meaning ‘excellent strength/vigour’.
  • Aichlech mac Dubdrenn – Supposed killer of Fionn mac Cumhall at the Battle of Gabhra.
  • Aillen mac Midhna – (Al-an mac Mee-na) Man of the Sidhe who laid waste to Tara with fire.
  • Aine – (On-ya) Irish girl’s name meaning ‘brightness, delight’. Goddess of Tuatha de Denann.
  • Airmid – (Ar-mith) Skilled physician and herbalist. Daughter of Dian Cecht.
  • Almu – Hill of Allen, Co Kildare. In Irish, ‘Cnoc Alúine’. Legendary seat of Fionn mac Cumhall.
  • Annalee – River flowing from Lough Sillan, Co Cavan, into River Erne. Name of Conor’s mother.
  • Aonbharr – (On-var) ‘Of the Flowing Mane’. Manannán’s horse, which could travel over land or water.
  • Aodhán – (Ayd-awn) Boy’s name meaning ‘born of fire’.
  • Ard Ri – (Ord-Ree) High King of Ireland.
  • Ath Brea – (A-Bray) The Ford of Brea, alleged location of the Battle of Gabhra in which Fionn mac Cumhall was slain.
  • Aylmer’s Folly – Tower commissioned to be built on the top of the Hill of Allen by Sir Gerald George Aylmer in 1859.
  • Balor – Fomori King, killed at 2nd Battle of Moytura by his grand-son Lugh Lamfadha.
  • Banfhéinní  – (Baan-fy-ey-nee) Female hunter-warrior of the Fianna.
  • Bodhmall – (Bow-mal) Druid aunt of Fionn mac Cumhall.
  • Borabu – Battle horn of the Fianna. Also known as the Dord Fian. See ‘Dord’.
  • Bodhrán – (Bor-on) Irish hand held drum, 25-65cms in diameter, played with a ‘cipín’, or tipper. The sound produced is described as ‘the heartbeat of Irish music’.
  • Bran and Sceolán – (Shk-yol-awn) Fionn mac Cumhall’s two favourite hounds, said to be the children of Fionn’s aunt Tuirrean.
  • Bres – (Brez) name meaning ‘beautiful’. Son of Fomori King Elatha and Eriu, Denann Princess. King of the Denann for seven years.
  • Brigid – (Bree-sht) Name meaning ‘exalted one’. Daughter of the Dagda. Wife of Bres.
  • Cas Corach – (Koz-Ku-rock) Denann harper.
  • Cait Sidhe – (Cat shee) Mythological cat-like creature, as large as a dog, all black with white diamond marking on its chest. Thought to be a witch which could transform into cat form eight times, but on the ninth, would remain in cat form for the rest of its life.
  • Ciara – (Kee-rah) Girl’s name meaning ‘dark’, ie of hair and eyes.
  • Clan Baiscne – (Bow-eesh-kna) Fionn’s family, or Tuath, of which his father, Cumhall, was chieftain.
  • Colla – Boys name of unknown meaning.
  • Cónán mac Lia – Son of Liath Luachra. Member of the Fianna.
  • Craic, the – (Crack) Irish term originally meaning ‘loud conversation/bragging’ but now used to indicate enjoyable interaction ie fun, gossip, news, entertainment.
  • Cormac mac Airt – Legendary High King of Ireland during C2ndAD. Some scholars believe he may have been a genuine, historical figure.
  • Cuchulain – (Ku-Kull-in) Name meaning ‘hound of Cullain. Legendary Irish hero. Son of Lugh Lamfadha. Birth name Setanta.
  • Cu Sith – (Ku-Shee) Fairy hounds with shaggy, black coats, said to be the size of cattle. Harbingers of death.
  • Dagda, the – (Dog-tha) Denann King. Father of Brigid. Name means ‘the good god’, as in multi-skilled.
  • Deimne – (Dennie) Boys name meaning ‘sureness, certainty’. Birth name of Fionn mac Cumhall.
  • Dian Cecht – (Dee-an kekth) Denann physician. Airmid’s father.
  • Diarmuid – (Deer-mit) Boys name meaning ‘without enemies’.
  • Diorruing – (Djyor-un) Warrior of the Fianna who had second sight.
  • Dord – Irish war horn,6 ft long and made of bronze. Similar to the Celtic carnyx.
  • Ech-léim – (Ekh-leym) The steed leap. Method of mounting a horse without saddle or stirrups, by wrapping the left hand in the mane and leaping from the ground onto the horse’s back.
  • Eireamhón – (Air-a-vawn) Boys name of uncertain meaning.
  • Emain Macha – (Ev-an Mokha) Now known as Navan Fort in Co Armagh. Archaeological site of ancient royal significance.
  • Eoghan – (Oh-in) Boys name meaning ‘born of the yew tree’.
  • Faeth Fiadha – (Feh-Fee-oh-a) Means ‘master of mist’. Refers to the Cloak of Concealment with which Manannán shielded Tir na Nog from the mortal world.
  • Failbhe – (Fal-vuh) Boys name meaning ‘wolf-slayer’, or ‘lively, spritely’.
  • Faolan – (Fway-lawn) Irish boys name deriving from the word ‘fwaol’ meaning ‘wolf’.
  • Feircobh – (Fir-kov)Mythological King of Munster at the time of Fionn’s death. Participated in the Battle of Gabhra alongside the Fianna against High King Cairpre.
  • Fenian King, the – Title for the leader of the Fianna.
  • Fergal mac Máele Dúin – High King of Ireland AD710-722.
  • Fiacha mac Conga – (Fee-ha) Fionn mac Cumhall’s foster father and Uncle.
  • Fianna, the – (Fy-ana) Military elite group who guarded the King and protected Ireland.
  • Filidh – (Fili) An elite class of poets/storytellers.
  • Fincairn Hill – Highest point (759ft) of Moduirn Hills, Co Monaghan. Fionn’s alleged grave and a standing stone are located here.
  • Finnechaidh – (Finn-a-hee) Home of Aillen mac Midhna. Now Sliabh Fuad, in the Fews Mountains, Co Armagh.
  • Finegas – Druid who taught Fionn mac Cumhall as a young man.
  • Fintan – Boys name meaning ‘white-haired’ or ‘white fire’. Name of the Salmon of Knowledge.
  • Fionn mac Cumhall – (Fy-on/Finn mac Cool) Legendary Irish hero and leader of the Fianna.
  • Five Provinces of Ireland – The four provinces of Ireland are Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster. In ancient times, there was a fifth, now the counties Meath and Westmeath, which was called Mide, meaning ‘middle’, or ‘naval’ of Ireland, centring on Uisneach, where the Stone of Divisions can be found.
  • Four Cities of Tir na Nog – (Gori, Muiri, Find and Fal) The four cities in the North which the Tuatha de Denann left to come to Ireland.
  • Four Treasures of Eirean – The Sword of Light (Claoimh Solais) belonging to King Nuada; the Cauldron of Bounty (Coire Ansic) belonging to the Dagda; the Stone of Destiny (Lia Fail) which can be found at Tara, and the Spear of Lugh.
  • Gabhra – (Gav-ra) The Gabhra Valley lies between the hills of Tara and Skryne. Said to be the site of the Battle of Gabhra where Fionn mac Cumhall was slain.
  • Gallimh Harbour – (Gall-iv) Irish for Galway.
  • Garbhan – (Gar-van) Boys name meaning ‘rough’.
  • Garda, the – An Garda Síochána. Ireland’s national police service.
  • Goll mac Morna – Born Aedh mac Morna, he won the name ‘Goll’ meaning ‘one-eyed’ after losing an eye in battle. Killed Fionn’s father, Cumhall, taking his position as head of the Fianna, later relinquishing it to Fionn when he defeated the fire-fairy, Aillen mac Midhna.
  • Grainne – (Gron-ya) Irish girls name thought to derive from the word ‘gran’ meaning grain, or corn.
  • Imbas Forosnai – Clairvoyance, visionary ability. In Old Irish, ‘Imbas’ refers to the poetic inspiration of the Filidh, or bards. ‘Forosnai’ means ‘that which illuminates’.
  • Iollan Eachtach – (Ull-un Akh-thakh) Head of the Ulster branch of the Fianna.
  • Kildare – Town in Co Kildare where St Brigid is said to have founded her church. In Irish Cill Darra, meaning ‘Church of the Oak’.
  • Knowth – (Now-th) Part of the Newgrange complex of passage tombs. Associated with Lugh’s wife, Bui.
  • Laigin – (Len) The people whom the Province of Leinster was named after.
  • Liath Luachra – (Lee-a Lur-ha) Means ‘the grey one of Luchair’. Warrior woman, who together with Fionn’s aunt the druidess Bodhmall, reared Fionn in secret in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
  • Lough Bebhinn – (Lock-Bev-in) Imaginary lake located on the plain of the City of Fal.
  • Lough Neagh – (Lock Nay) Largest lake in Ireland. Known in Irish as Lough nEachach, meaning ‘Lake of Eachaidh’.
  • Lough na Suil – (Lock-na-Sool) Means ‘Lake of the Eye’. Associated with Fomori King Balor’s poison eye.
  • Lugh Lamfhada – (Loo-La-ward-a) Denann King. Name thought to mean ‘lightning flash’. Associated with storms and harvest. Son of Cian and and Balor’s daughter, Ethniu. Killed his grandfather Balor at Second Battle of Moytura.
  • Lugaidh Lamha – (Loo-ee La-va) A chief warrior of the Fianna. Married Tuirrean.
  • Macha – (Mock-a) Wife of Nuada. Part of the triad of the Morrigan.
  • Manannán – (Man-an-awn) God of the sea. Associated with the Tuatha de Denann, but generally thought to be of a much earlier race.
  • Magh Meall – (Moy-Mell) Means ‘plain of joy’. Mythical island realm said to be ruled by Manannán, and found out to the west of Ireland, or beneath the sea
  • Morrigan, the – Goddess of War, Life and Death. From the Irish ‘Mór Rígan’ meaning ‘Great Queen’. Said to be the title of a triad of sisters of the Denann; Badb, Macha and Nemain or Anann.
  • Muirna – (Meer-na) Girls name meaning ‘beloved’ or ‘high-spirited’. Fionn mac Cumhall’s mother.
  • Murchad mac Brain Mut –  King of Leinster from 715 to 722AD.
  • Nemain – (Nev-in) See the Morrigan.
  • Nuada – (Noo-tha) First King of the Tuatha de Denann.
  • Ogham – (oh-em) sometimes called the Celtic Tree Alphabet, it is an ancient form of writing which represents early Irish language.
  • Oisin – (Osh-een) Boys name meaning ‘little deer’. Son of Fionn mac Cumhall and Sadbh.
  • Orla Mor – Girl’s name from the Irish ‘Órfhlaith’ meaning ‘golden lady’ and ‘Mór’ meaning ‘great’.
  • Radala Gaoithe – (Roh-tha-la Gwee-ha) Means ‘wind racer’. Name of unicorn in this story who guards the boundary of Tir na Nog and maintains the Cloak of Concealment.
  • Radulph – (Ralf) Boys name meaning ‘swift wolf’.
  • Riastradh – (Rist-ruh) Refers to the battle fury experienced by some warriors.
  • Rifhéinní – (Ree-fy-ey-nee) Title meaning King, or leader of the Fianna.
  • Ri Tuatha – (Ree Thoo-a) Minor king. Rank of Clan Chieftain.
  • Ruairi – (Roo-ree) Boy’s name, meaning ‘red king’.
  • Sadbh – (Sive) Girls name meaning ‘sweet and lovely’. Wife of Fionn mac Cumhall. Mother of Oisin.
  • Samhain – (Sau-ween) One of four ancient Irish festivals, it is celebrated on Nov 1st to mark the end of harvest and onset of winter.
  • Samildanach – (Sau-wil-thon-ok) Title given to Lugh Lamfadha, meaning ‘equally skilled in all arts’.
  • Seamus Dubh – (Shay-mus Duv) Irish version of the name ‘James’. Dubh means ‘dark’.
  • Shillelagh – (Shee-lay-lee) In Irish sail éille. Means ‘cudgel with strap’. Used in the ancient Irish martial art of Batadóireocht, or ‘stick fighting’.
  • Sidhe, the – (Shee) After being defeated by the Milesian invasion, the Tuatha de Denann retreated to their forts beneath the hills, becoming known as the Sidhe, or Fairy Folk of Ireland.
  • Sidhe Beag/ Sidhe Mor – (Shee Beg/ Shee Mor) Archaeological site in Leitrim associated with the burial of Fionn mac Cumhall.
  • Skane, the River – Tributary of River Boyne, and suggested site of the Ford of Brea, where Fionn mac Cumhall was killed in battle.
  • Skryne – (Shkreen) In Irish, Scrín. Village in Meath, opposite Tara cross the Gabhra valley.
  • Slane – In Irish Baile Shláine, after Fir Bolg King Sláine mac Dela who was buried there.
  • Sliabh Bladhma – (Shlee-av Blaw-ma) The Slieve Bloom Mountains, the oldest mountain range in Europe. Located in Co’s Laois and Offaly.
  • Sorcha – (Sor-sha) Girls name meaning ‘bright, radiant’.
  • Taidg – (Thyg) Son of Nuada and Macha. Fionn mac Cumhall’s grandfather.
  • Tailltiu – (Tall-chew) Queen of the Fir Bolg. Lugh’s foster mother. Lived at Tailten, now Teltown, Co Meath.
  • Tara, the Hill of – In Irish, Teamhair na Ri. An important archaeological site in Co Meath associated with ancient sacred kingship rituals.
  • Tir na Nog – (Ti-er na Noag) Land of the Ever Young. Mythical home of the Tuatha de Denann.
  • Tri de Dana – The Three Gods of Art; Goibniu the smith, Luchtaine the carpenter and Credne the goldsmith.
  • Tuathal – (Thoo-hal) Boys name meaning ‘the people’s ruler’ and ‘peaceful’.
  • Tuatha de Denann – (Thoo-a day Don-on) Race of mythological god-like people with magical powers who ruled Ireland 4000 years ago. Later known as the Sidhe.
  • Tuirrean – (Tirr-en) Fionn’s aunt, who was abducted by jealous Uchtdealb and transformed into a hound.
  • Uchtdealb – (Ukht-djalv) Jealous Sidhe lover of Iollan Eactach. Abducted Tuirrean and transformed her into a hound.
  • Uisneach, Hill of – (Oosh-na) In Irish, Cnoc Isneagh. Located in Co Westmeath. Associated with the lighting of huge Beltaine fires in ancient ritual.
  • Urgriu, five sons of – At the Battle of Gabhra, Urgriu’s five son’s avenged his death on Fionn mac Cumhall by each throwing a spear at him at the same time, so they could share in his killing. It was Aichlech’s spear which was reputed to have killed Fionn. 

 

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