Kings & Queens

Conchobar Mac Nessa

c.1st Century B.C. 

Name: Conchobar Mac Nessa /  Conchubar/ Conachar / Conor.

Province: Ulster / Ulidia / Ultonia

Father:  Cathbad  or Fachtna Fathach

Mother:  Nes daughter of Eochaid Sálbuide 'Yellow-Heel'

Sister: Finchoem married to Amergin 'Iron Jaw'

Related Site: Emain Macha  / Navan Fort

County: Armagh  / Ard Macha 'Macha's Height'

Army:  The Red Branch / An Craobh Rua

Druid: Cathbad also his father

Healer: Fingin

Messenger: Finnched

Fool/Jester: Rocmid 

Chief Advisor: Sencha Mac Ailella 

Chief Courtier:  Blai the Distributor

Poet and Judge: Amergin

Chief Judge:  Morann

Adversaries: Queen Medb of Connaught

Associated Deities: 1. The Goddess Macha, 2. Manannan

Wife:  Ethne Inguba sister of Medb

Sons: 1. Cormac Conloingeas  2. Cuscraid Menn / Maine 3. Follamain 4. Finchad Fer Benn 5. Fiachna  6. Fiacha

Daughter: Fedelm married to Cairpre Nia Fer

Grandsons: 1. Fiachna  2. Erc Mac Cairpre

Half-Sister:  Dechtire mother of Cúchulainn

Weapons:  The Gapped Spear, The Venomous Spear, The Bright Rim Shield 

Conchobar Mac Nessa  was the King of Ulaid (now known as Ulster) and had his seat at Emain Macha in Co. Armagh.  He ruled over the Ultonians and  had a large army under which the legendary hero Cúchulainn served.  Fergus Mac Roich a great warrior also served under Conchobar until they had a falling out and he went down to Connaught and hired himself out into the service of Queen Medb.

The men of Ulster were put under a curse by the Goddess Macha generations ago and now each year they were forced to suffer the pains of childbirth at a certain time which incapacitated them so that they could not do anything other than lie in their beds in agony.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Conchobar Mac Nessa

The Táin Bó Cuailgne

  Deirdre and the Sons of Uisnech

The Feast of Bricriu

The Wasting Sickness of Cúchulainn

The Conception of Conchobar

The Birth of Conchobar (version 2)

The Awakening of Ulster

Cúchulainn slays Finnabair


Birth of Cuchulain

Boy Deeds of Cuchulain

Bricriu's Feast and the War of the Women

The Courting of Emer

Dindshenchas Teamhair (Tara)

The Firbolg

The Story of the Tuatha De Danann

Scél Muicce Mac Dathó

The Story of Mac Dathó's Pig

The Tragic Death of Cu Roi Mac Dairi

The Hidden House of Lugh



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