Kings & Queens

Cairpre Mac Cormac

c.3rd Century A.D.

Name:  Cairpre/ Cairbri/ Cairbre / Lifechair

Profession:  Warrior & High King

Father:  Cormac Mac Art

Mother: Der-Droighen : Eithne Tháebfota (in some accounts)

Grandfather: Art Mac Conn

Sister:  Gráinne

Brother: Dóel

Sons: Eochu Doimlén : Fiachu Sraibthine

County:  Meath

Related Site: Tara/Temhair

Enemies:  Fionn Mac Cumhaill

Battles: The Battle of Gabhra

Goddess:  Morrigan

Cairpre the son of Cormac Mac Art thought that the power of the Fianna had grown too much and threatened his rule.  He set out to break up the power of the Fianna and kill its leader Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  He achieved his aims at the battle of Gabhra and after that the Fianna never had the same power.  At the same time Ireland became more vulnerable to outside attack and invasion once more.

Stories and Legends associated with Cairpre Mac Cormaic:

The Death of Fionn at Gabhra

Diarmuid and Gráinne

The Story of Tlachta

Siege of Knocklong (summary)

The High King's Son


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