"BTW, Janet, you said "I am pretty sure this is the real ancestor
of Cormac Mac C." What do you think, now that a translation of
the poem is taking shape? Also, Carney, in his article on these
archaic poems, says that Eochu is "son of Énde Censelach". And
in another similar poem translated by Koch, Eochu's ancestor
Bressual Beolïach is said to be a descendant of Lorcc. Níl a
fhios agam an cuidiú an méid seo ar chor ar bith!"
Dennis, I think we are in the right place at the right time with the right
names for Cormac Mc. I would change the modern translation a little to
something like "A hero who would defend a fort until he dies."
Here is my thinking. The Eoganachts were O'Neill, until they decided they
were something special and no longer wanted to be connected to the North. At
that point they did some very simple adjusting of the genealogies. Usually
the lower parts of the genealogies are correct, it is just the far ancestor
that gets changed.
The first part of Cormac's genealogy is Cuircc m. Lugdach m. Labrada m.
Trena m. Cormac Lusc m. Cu-Corb. It didn't fit until I found a reference
that Lugaid was also called Breasail, and then it worked. Cuircc puts it
into the right area with the correct family groupings and part of the
Eoganacht set. Eochaid is not shown as the son of Cuircc because he was the
son of Eithne, the daughter of Cuircc. That is what is missing at the top of
Cormac's known genealogy and possibly why Flaithbertach said he was
From there we have a genealogy shown in Corpus Genealogiarum Sanctorum:
Cormac m. Cuilennain m. Selbach m. Ailgile [Artgile] m. Eochaid m. Colman m.
Dunchad m. Dun Indrecht m. Furudan [Feradach] m. Eochaid. It has been said
that this list was very lackluster, and it is unless one can find the right
manuscripts that address the men. We now can say that Eochaid was a pretty
important individual. Maybe the rest were too.
I'd have to write a book to explain the rest, but my confidence comes from
studying the Cuircc family groups, the placenames were they were to be
found, and a lot of information about Cormac and family patron saints and
So now where is Furudan hiding?
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