Stories, Myths and Legends

Fintan and Cessair

from the Book of Leinster 1150 A.D.

28. The crew of three ships arrived at Dun na mRarc in the territory of 

Corco Daibne.  Two of the ships were wrecked.  Cessair with the crew 

of her ship escaped, fifty women and three men: Bith s. Noe, of whom 

is Sliab Betha (named) - there was he buried, in the great stone-heap 

of Sliab Betha; Ladra the pilot, of whom is Ard Ladrand - he is the 

first dead man who went under the soil of Ireland;  Fintan s. Bochra, 

of whom is "Fintan's Grave" over Tul Tuinde. Cessair died in Cul 

Cessrach in Connachta, with her fifty maidens. 

29. These are their names, ut Fintan cecinit (Fintan said): 

A just division we shared between us, myself and Bith and 

bold Ladra; for peace and for reason was it done, in the 

matter of the fifty magnificent maidens. 

Seventeen women I took, including Cessair -Lot, Luam, Mall, 

Mar, Froechar, Femar, Faible, Foroll, Cipir, Torrian, Tamall, 

Tam, Abba, Alla, Baichne, Sille: that is the tale which we were 


Seventeen Bith took, with Bairrfhind - Sella, Della, Duib, 

Addeos, Fotra, Traige, Nera, Buana, Tamall, Tanna, Nathra, 

Leos, Fodarg, Rodarg, Dos, Clos: be it heard -those were our 

people further. 

Sixteen thereafter with Ladra: Alba, Bona, Albor, Ail, Gothiam, 

German, Aithne, Inde, Rodarg, Rinne, Inchor, Ain, Irrand, Espa, 

Sine, Samoll: that was our fair company. 

None of the seed of Adam took Ireland before the Flood but those. 


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