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Cuchulain (kəho͝olˈən, –ho͞oˈlən), Irish legendary hero of Ulster, of prodigious strength and remarkable beauty. He is the central figure of the Ulster legends, the greatest work of which is the Táin Bó Cúalnge [the cattle raid of Cooley]. The great feature of this is Cuchulain's stand at a ford on the boundary of Ulster, where he defended single-handedly his province against the armies of the rest of Ireland.
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“the Achilles of the Gael.” [Irish Myth.: Benét, 239–240]
mad with grief, he battles the sea. [Irish Myth.: Benét, 239]
sun-figure and powerful fighter. [Irish Myth.: Parrinder, 68]
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