Name: Goll 'One-Eyed'/ Aodh Mac Fidga/ Áed -'Fire'
Title: Flame of Battle
Brother: Conán Maol
Wives: Scandlach Cainche
Grandson: Fer Li
Army: The Fianna
King: Cormac Mac Art
Rival and Ally: Fionn Mac Cumhall
Associated Deities: Manannan Mac Lír
Associated Sites: The Burren The Hill of Allen Co. Kildare
Associated Province: Connaught
Goll was leader of the Connaught branch of the Fianna, He had ousted Finn's father Cumhal from power at the Battle of Cnucha now known as Castleknock in Dublin. Goll was part of the clan Morna who were rivals of the clan Baiscne in power struggles. Finn wrested the leadership of the Fianna back from Goll Mac Morna when he managed to kill the Sidhe prince Aillén Mac Midgna. Thereafter he was ordered by Cormac Mac Art to be on cordial terms towards Fionn and he promised the king that he would. There are many stories which show that Goll developed a respect for Finn against the wishes of the rest of the Clan Morna who still held a grudge.
Fionn promised Goll his daughter Cainche's hand in marriage as reward for rescuing him from Conarán's daughters. Although he already had Scandlach for a wife.
He has a disagreement with Finn's son Cairell and kills him in the Battle of the White Strand (Fionntraigh, Bantry Co. Cork), this action leads to his own death because he went into a cave to hide from the anger of Fionn and the Clan Baiscne and he was laid siege there and died of starvation and thirst after twelve days, despite his wife begging him to come out of the cave.
Conan Maol his clansman swears to avenge his death on Fionn and this leads to the final split of the Fianna into various factions and its downfall, and the end of the protective army of Ireland, which kept the invaders out.
Stories, Myths and Legends Associated with Goll