On 12 Apr 98 at 11:13, Peadar Carraca/n wrote:
> According to Lady Gregory, these Maines were the children of Maeve and
By coincidence, I'm reading the Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel at
the moment and the Maines are mentioned.
'There was besides a troop of still haughtier heroes, namely, the
seven sons of Ailill and Medb of Connacht, each of whom was called
'Mane'. And each Mane had a nickname, to wit, Mane Fatherlike and
Mane Motherlike, and Mane Gentle-pious, Mane Very-pious, Mane Unslow,
and Mane Honeywords, Mane Grasp-them-all, and Mane the Talkative.
Rapine was wrought by them. As to Mane Motherlike and Mane Unslow,
there were fourteen score in the body of their marauders. Mane
Fatherlike had three hundred and fifty. Mane Honeywords had five
hundred. Mane Grasp-them-all had seven hundred. Mane the Talkative
had seven hundred. Each of the others had five hundred in the body
of his marauders.'
Cross and Slover, 'Ancient Irish Tales'. ISBN1-56619-889-5
> (by the way, how do you pronounce Caer?)
Not sure, but 'Care' is probably close.