Warriors, Heroes & Villains

Caoilte Mac Ronan

c. 3rd Century A.D.


Name: Caoilte Mac Ronan


Clan: Bascna


Profession:  Warrior


Father: Ronan


Uncle: Fionn Mac Cumhaill


Cousins: Fiachna Oisín 


Foster Brother: Derg son of Eoghan


Consort: Scathniamh daughter of Bodb Dearg


Sons: Colla Faolan


Army:  The Fianna


King: Cormac Mac Art


Comrades:  Cascorach the Harper, Fermaise son of Eogabil


Associated Sites: Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo, Hill of Allen, Co. Kildare Slieve Crot   Mullachshee, Ballyshannon (Ess Ruadh) Co. Donegall

Caoilte Mac Ronan was the nephew of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and one of the greatest warriors of the Fianna.  There are many legends that say he lived for three hundred years even into the time of the christians in Ireland.  Because Caoilte was held in such high esteem he appears in many 12th century manuscripts in the myths in conversation with the christian saint Patrick.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Caoilte Mac Ronan

The Hostel of the Quicken Trees

How Fionn got his grey hair

The Death of Fionn at Gabhra

The Best Men of the Fianna

Bodb Dearg

The Coming of Finn

The Birth of Bran

The Hound

Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh

Oisín and Talkenn (Patrick)

Cat-Heads and Dog-Heads

The Cave of Cruachan

The Cave of Ceiscoran

Credhe's Lament

The Death of Goll

Donn Son of Midhir

Finn and the Phantoms

Finn's Madness

The Flight From Teamhair

The Great Fight

The Hard Servant

The High King's Son

The Hospitality of Cuanna's House

The Hunt of Slieve Cuilinn

The King of Britain's Son

The King of Lochlann and his Sons


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