Children of Lir

Irish - The boys Aedh, Conn and Fiachra, and the girl Fionuala. These four were the children of Lir by his first wife, Aobh. After her death he married her sister Aoife who resolved to kill the children and turned them into swans, condemned to spend three successive periods, each of 300 years, on a lake, the seapassage between Ireland and Scotland and the Atlantic Ocean. They survived the ordeal and returned at the end of their sentence to find their father. They were sheltered by a Christian hermit, Mo-Caemoc, until they were seized by Lairgnen, king of Connaught, as a present for his bride Deoca. Then their feathers fell off and they appeared as old, wrinkled humans who, after a hurried baptism by the hermit, died and were buried in one grave. Occasionally referred to as Children of Lir, Aedh, Aedh, Aeda, Aed(d), Aod(h), Hugh, Aobh, Aobh, Aeb, Aebh, Eve, Aeb(h), Bodb Dearg, Bodb Dearg, Bodh Derg, Bor, Borve, Bov Dearg, Dearg, Derg, Bodb the Red, (Bodh) Derg, Bor(ve), Conn, Conn, Cond, Fiachra, Fiachra, Fiachtra, Fionuala, Fionuala, Finola, Fionguala, Fionnghuala, Fionnuala, Lir, Lir, King Lir, Ler, Le(i)r, Welsh Ll(e)yr, Oidead Clainne Lir, Oidead Clainne Lir, Tragedy of the Children of Lir or The Tragedy of the Children of Lir.

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