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Dubthach maccu Lugair (supp. fl. 432), poet, was said in the seventh century to have been chief poet of the men of Ireland in the reign of Lóegaire mac Néill, high-king of Ireland, at the time of Patrick's arrival there, traditionally dated to 432. He is a figure of dubious historicity but major ideological importance. In a range of texts from the late seventh century onwards ...

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Lóegaire mac Néill (fl. 5th cent.), high-king of Ireland, was a son of Níall Noígíallach, ancestor of the Uí Néill dynasties. He is associated with three elements of Irish mythology: the arrival of Patrick, the cattle tribute (or bóroma), and the Feast of Tara. His reign was dated by the seventh-century hagiographer ...

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Oisín [Ossian] (supp. fl. 3rd–5th cent.), legendary hero, was the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill in the Fenian or Ossianic cycle of tales and lays that belongs to the Gaelic literary and oral traditions of Ireland and Scotland. He was assigned a floruit in the third century ad by medieval Irish scholars whose chronology of events connected with the pseudo-historical ...