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Finn mac Cumhail,

 

Fionn mac Cumhail,

or

Finn MacCool

(all: fĭn məko͞ol`), semimythical Irish hero. His exploits are recorded in long narrative poems by OssianOssian
or Oisin
, legendary Gaelic poet, supposedly the son of Finn mac Cumhail, hero of a cycle of tales and poems that place his deeds of valor in the 3d cent. A.D.
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 and in many ballads, called Fenian ballads after the Fenians, or Fianna, professional fighters whom Finn was said to have headed in the 3d cent. Certain tales involve such events as Finn's pursuit of the lovers Diarmuid and Grania, who was Finn's wife. The stories of Finn inspired the Fingal of James MacphersonMacpherson, James,
1736–96, Scottish author. Educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh, he spent his early years as a schoolmaster. In later life he held a colonial secretaryship in West Florida (1764–66), and he was a member of Parliament from 1780 until his death.
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 and played an important part in the Irish literary renaissanceIrish literary renaissance,
late 19th- and early 20th-century movement that aimed at reviving ancient Irish folklore, legends, and traditions in new literary works. The movement, also called the Celtic renaissance, was in part the cultural aspect of a political movement that was
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Bibliography

See Duanaire Finn: The Book of the Lays of Fionn, ed. and tr. by E. MacNeill (3 vol., 1908–53).

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Entitled 'OSSIAN: The Pipes and the Story', the candlelit celebration on Thursday, October 18, blends a feast of musical talent with some of Scotland's leading storytellers to share the great Celtic saga of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, Diarmaid, Grainnhe and Ossian.
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"beloved priest" as a proper name, and so index it as "Aroon, Soggarth," the equivalent of an entry for "Darling, My.") It is also interesting that Meagher of the Sword has in the index picked up the swanky, double-barreled surname of "Francis-Meagher." Also on page 20, we encounter the mighty "Fionn McCuill," apparently a Scottish gentleman and perhaps the contemporary of Ireland's Fionn Mac Cumhaill, both men having a similarly named son, McCuill having fathered the Ossian made famous by McPherson, while the Irish hero has a boy named Oisin.
The town stands as the gateway to Fermanagh and Donegal and is in a strategic position from the early days when Neolithic settlers appeared around the village where Fionn Mac Cumhaill's men sharpened their swords on the huge limestone rock of Belleek Falls.
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Like most kids he was fascinated by the Fianna and legendary figures such as Cu Chulainn and Fionn mac Cumhaill and their epic battles to protect their land.