Warriors, Heroes & Villains

Bricriu

 

Name:  Bricriu Nemhthenga 'Venomous-Tongued'/'The Freckled'

 

Profession:  Satirist

 

Province:  Ulster

 

King:  Conchobar Mac Nessa

 

Associated Sites:  Emain Macha Cruachan Dundrum, Co. Down Loughbrickland Co. Down

 

Father:  Carbad

 

Brother: Goll 'the One-Eyed'

Bricriu the Venomous was a trouble-maker he was always trying to incite rivalry and discord among the warriors of Ulster.  None liked him very much and they all tried their best to avoid running into him.  He threw a famous feast which he was a year in preparing for and invited all the warriors of Ulster to it but he caused a big fight by promising the curadhmhír the 'champions portion' to three separate men namely Conall the Victorious, Laeghaire Battle-Winner and Cúchulainn

He goes down to Cruachan in Connaught to the rest of the Ulster exiles after all his property is stolen from him and Fergus Mac Roich takes pity on him and gives him a position.

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Bricriu

Bricriu's Feast

The Death of the Bulls

Cruachan

Birth of Cuchulain by Lady Gregory

Bricriu's Feast and the War of Words of the Women

The Story of Mac Dathó's Pig

Scél Muicce Mac Dathó

 

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