Druids

Cathbad

 

Name:  Cathbad 'The Battler' 

 

Race: Celtic

 

Profession:  Druid Seer Warrior

 

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

 

Son:  Conchobar Mac Nessa

 

Daughter:  Findchoem married to Amergin 'Iron Jaw'

 

Associated Sites:  Mag Inis Emain Macha

 

Associated Deities:  Manannan

 

Army: The Red Branch / An Craobh Rua

Cathbad was the druid in the court of Emain Macha in Ulster.  He was father of King Conchobar Mac Nessa.  He used to teach the arts of druidry to no more than one hundred pupils at one time. 

 He pronounced auspicious days for warriors to go into battle.  One time Cúchulainn overheard him pronounce that if a warrior took up arms for the first time on this particular day his name would be famous in Ireland forever though his life would be short.  Cúchulainn went to King Conchobar and asked to be armed at once and had to be given the king's own weapons as he broke all the other weapons given to him.

Cathbad also foretold of the tragedy that would befall Ulster because of Deirdre daughter of the poet Feidlimid.

Stories, Myths & Legends associated with Cathbad

The Conception of Conchobar

The Birth of Conchobar (version2)

Deirdre and the sons of Uisnech

The first battle of Cúchulainn

The Death of Cúchulainn

The Awakening of Ulster

Manannan

Boy Deeds of Cuchulain by Lady Gregory

The Feast of Bricriu and the Women's War

The Courting of Emer

 

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