Heroines 

 

Ness

 

Name: Assa / Ness / Nes

 

Race:  Celtic

 

Father: Eochaid Sálbuide 'Yellow-Heel'

 

Profession: Warrior

 

Consorts: Cathbad Fachtna Fathach    Fergus Mac Roich

 

Son: Conchobar Mac Nessa

Ness which means 'difficult' or 'hard' was once called Assa which meant 'easy' or 'docile' but that changed when her twelve foster fathers were killed by a group of marauders and she was the only one left alive in the household and as she did not witness the event she could not claim compensation from anyone.

So  she goes out and becomes a warrior herself and goes to see if she can avenge the deaths of her twelve foster fathers and that is how she came by her second name of Ni Essa or 'not-easy'

Anyway on her travels she comes across the druid Cathbad and asks him what was that day auspicious for and he replied for conceiving a son and so she slept  with him as he was the only man available and then she became pregnant and gave birth to Conchobar who became king of Ulster.

Fachtna Fathach is her lover and he is the king of Ulster at the time.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Ness

The Conception of Conchobar

The birth of Conchobar (version 2)

The Birth of Cuchulain

Bricriu's Feast and the War of the Women

Dindshenchas Teamhair (Tara)

Scél Muicce Mac Dathó

The Story of Mac Dathó's Pig

 

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