A Glossary of Irish Terms

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A Glossary of Irish Termseing as the Medb hErenn universe is based on Kevin L. O'Brien's Irish/Celtic heritage, a number of Irish words and phrases are used in his stories and throughout this website. Some are names of races and supernatural beings, others are terms Medb uses as part of her magic, and still more are things Medb utters as part of her conversations with others or when cursing. The rest are terms from Irish culture. This page provides a list of these words and phrases, along with definitions and pronunciations. Where necessary, singular and plural forms of words are indicated by the following code: singular form / plural form. For a more thorough explanation of how to pronounce these terms, please see the Pronunciation Guide. With a few exceptions, the names of mythological and supernatural beings are not listed here. Instead, they are cataloged in a compendium accessible from the Irish Mythology page.

Adhbhantrirech (AH-vuhn-trih-rihch) the principle compositional style for ancient Irish music

Ailill Mac Ruad, called Mac Mata (AL-eel mahk ROO-uhd) husband of Medb [q.v.] while she ruled Connacht [q.v.]

aire / airí (arih / aree) a freeman; one of the six social classes of ancient Ireland

airech / airecheanna (A-rihch / A-rih-chaw-nuh) a nobleman; one of the six social classes of ancient Ireland

airget (AR-ih-gyihch) silver

aithech / aithecheanna (A-hihch / A-hih-chaw-nuh) a laborer/farmer; one of the three professional groups of ancient Ireland

Amhairghin (AW-arih-yihn) a Son of Mileadh [q.v.] and the leader of their invasion of Ireland

amhrán / amhráin (AW-rawn / AW-raw-een) a song

amuis / amosa (AW-mwihsh / AW-muh-suh) a bodyguard

arae / araí (AH-ray / AH-ree) a charioteer

ard rí (awrd ree) high king

Badbh (bav) an Irish war goddess, who prophesied who would die in battle; also the name given to Medb by the Fir Bholg [q.v.]

Baghne (BOY-nih) the Boyne River; the site of a battle between Ulaidh [q.v.] and the other provinces

Balor (BAH-lor) one of the Fomóraigh [q.v.] high kings and grandfather of Lugh [q.v.], killed by Lugh; known as Balor of the Baleful Eye

Banbha (BAHN-wuh) name given by Medieval scholars to the wife of Éthur Mac Cermait [q.v.]; one of the poetic names of Ireland, representing the heroic aspect of Ireland (the warriors of Banbha)

bard / baird (bawrd / bawrj) a musician poet

Béim Sídh / Béim Sídhe (BYAY-ihm shee / BYAY-ihm SHEE-ih) "Faerie Stroke"; magical spells cast by Faeries and witches to cause injury

Beltene (BYEHL-chih-nih) the second greatest of the four main holidays of ancient Ireland, marking the Mid Year [May 1] and the start of summer

bó ionláeg / ba ionláeg (boh IHN-law-ihg / bah IHN-law-ihg) a pregnant cow

bó milcht / ba milcht (boh mih-lych / bah mih-lych) a milk cow with its calf

bóaire / bóairí (BOH-uhrih / BOH-uhree) a freeman farmer

bodhran (BOW-ruhn) a modern membranophone used in Irish folk music

bothach / bothaigh (BO-huhck / BO-heye) a laborer farmer

breitheamh / breitheamha (BREH-awhv / BREH-haw-wuh) a law-keeper

Brenos (BREH-nuhs) Archaic Irish version of Brian [q.v.]

Brian (BREE-uhn) Gaeilge name meaning high or noble

Brion (BREE-uhn) Old Irish version of Brian [q.v.]

briugu / briugunna (BRIH-uhguh / BRIH-uh-goow-nuh) a hospitaler

buinne (BWIN-nih) an aerophone equivalent to a recorder

caisel / caisil (KA-shihl / KA-shihl) fortress; a medium-sized ring-fort

Caoimhín Ó Briain (KEE-vihn oh BREE-ihn) Director of the Center for Gaeilge [q.v.] Literature Study, Garthyme University, Cairnsford, Colorado

Cedbin Chromcruaigh (KEH-vihn CKROHM-croo-eye) Kevin of Cromcruagh [q.v.], seventh century monk and translator, and redactor of an Leabhar Mhéibhe [q.v.]

céile (KAY-lyih) general tribe membership

cerd / cerdí (kayrj / KAYR-jee) a craftsman; one of the three professional groups of ancient Ireland

Cermait Mac Ollathair (KYEH-ruh-muhch mahk OLL-luh-huhr) a son of the Daghda [q.v.], who was killed by Lugh when Medb seduced him

Cet Mac Matach (cyehch mahk MAH-tuhck) a champion of Connacht, who made possible the death of Conchobar Mac Nessa [q.v.]

Céthur Mac Cermait, called Mac Gréine (KYAY-huhr mahk KYEH-ruh-muhch, mahk GRAY-nih) one of the last three Tuatha Dé Danann [q.v.] high kings, killed by Medb

Cian (KEE-uhn) Tuatha Dé Danann father of Lugh

Cíocal Gricenchos (KYEE-uh-kuhl GRIH-kihn-ckuhs) first Fomóraigh high king of Ireland, killed by the Partholónians

cionnar cruit (KYUHN-nuhr krwij) a chordophone with ten strings played with a bow or plectrum; possible origin of the guitar

clann / clanna (klawn / KLAW-nuh) a clan

clairseach (CLAR-suhck) the heroic harp; a large chordophone with up to sixty strings

Clothra (KLO-ruh) wife of Liam Mac Ceinnide [q.v.] and mother of Furbaidhe Ferbend [q.v.]; she was killed by Medb

cnamha (NAH-wuh) an idiophone similar to castanets

Cnocc Midh (nok mee) the Faerie mound of Fin Bheara and Iúnadh, the rulers of the Faeries of Connacht

Cnocc Nária (nok NAW-ree-uh) the hill in which Medb was entombed

coibche (KYEH-by-chih) the bride-price a man had to pay to a woman for the right to marry her

coiced / coicedí (KEH-kyihj / KEH-kyih-jee) a province

colpthac / colpthaca (KOLP-huhc / KOLP-huh-cuh) a two-year old heifer

Conall Cernach (KO-nawl KYER-nuhck) one-time champion of Ulaidh, who retired to Connacht after the death of Conchobar Mac Nessa; Medb goaded him into killing Ailill Mac Ruad [q.v.]

Conand (KON-uhnd) one of the Fomóraigh high kings, killed by the Nemedians

Conchobar Mac Nessa (KON-ckuh-buhr mahk NEHSH-suh) king of Ulaidh at the time of Medb's return from exile

Connacht (KOHWN-uhckt) the province of Connaught

copar (KO-puhr) copper

Corb (KO-ruhb) one of the Fomóraigh high kings, deposed by Balor [q.v.]

crann ciuil (krawn KIH-wihl) a cymbalum

creamthine cruit (KRAWM-hih-nih krwij) a chordophone with six strings; possible origin of the violin

crech (krehch) treasure

Críoch na bhFuineadhach (KREE-uhck nah VWIN-eh-uhck) the Land in the Extreme West; the Partholónian name for Ireland

Cromcruac (KROHM-kroo-uhk) the last of the Fomóraigh high kings, gone into hiding

Cromcruagh (KROHM-kroo-uh) Irish monastery found by St. Cáitlín [q.v.]

Cruacha (KROO-uh-ckuh) Medb's biological mother and cousin to Nuada [q.v.]

cruit (krwij) a chordophone resembling a small harp with six strings played with fingers or a bow

Cú Chulainn (koo CKU-lawn) the great hero of the Ulster Cycle

Cúailnge (KOO-ehl-nih-gih) Cooley; a village in Ulaidh where once resided Donn Cúailnge, the Brown Bull, one of the two greatest bulls in Ireland

cuislenna (KWISH-lyaywn-nuh) bagpipes

cumhal / cumhala (KOO-wuhl / KOO-wuh-luh) bondmaid or bondwoman; a female slave, and a unit of currency

daer-fuidir / daer-fuidirí (dayr FWI-jihr /dayr FWI-jih-ree) a dependent captive, criminal, or slave

Daghda (DOY-duh) popular name for Eochaidh Ollathair [q.v.]

daírt / daírte (DAH-eerch / DAH-eer-chih) a yearling heifer

dál / dála (dawl / DAW-luh) a kingdom

Danu (DAH-nuh) patron goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann

Daoine Sídhe (DEE-nih SHEE-yih) People of the Faerie Mounds; the most powerful of the Faerie races and the first people to inhabit Ireland

dartaid (DAH-tuhj) a yearling bullock

Deirdre (DAYRD-rih) daughter of a tribal chief of Ulaidh; she was promised in marriage to Conchobar Mac Nessa, but eloped with her lover, Naoise [q.v.]

Delbáeth Mac Aengus (DEH-lih-baw mahk AY-nih-guhs) one of the Tuatha Dé Danann high kings, killed by Fiacha Mac Delbáeth [q.v.]

dercia / derciana (JEHR-kyee-uh / JEHR-kyee-uh-nuh) a watchman

dergeor (JEH-rih-gyohr) red-gold; an alloy of gold and copper

Dian Cécht (JEE-uhn kyaych) master physician of the Tuatha Dé Danann

dire (JIH-rih) a fine imposed for committing a crime.

doernemhedh (DOR-nih-vay) not-privileged; unable to hold land or control its usage

druih / druihe (dreh / DREH-ih) druid; a priest

dún / dúnta (doon / DOON-tuh) stronghold; a large ring-fort

Eibhear Finn (EH-vuhr fyeen) one of the first two Mileadh high kings

Éire (AYR-ih) Gaeilge for Ireland

éiric (AY-rihk) the ransom a warrior could receive for a captive

Éiru (AYR-uh) name given by Medieval scholars to the wife of Céthur Mac Cermait [q.v.]; the name given to Ireland after the Sons of Mileadh conquered the island, and which became the native name for Ireland

Elatha (EH-luh-huh) a Fomóraigh king and sorcerer, the father of Eochaidh Bres [q.v.], and Medb's archenemy

Éle (AY-lih) a daughter of Eochaidh Feidlech [q.v.], wife of Sraibgend Mac Niuil [q.v.], and mother of Ruad Mac Sraibgend [q.v.]

Emhain Macha (EH-wuhn MAH-ckuh) the capital of Ulaidh and the stronghold of Conchobar Mac Nessa

Eochaidh Bres Mac Elatha (OH-ckay brehsh mahk EH-luh-huh) one of the Tuatha Dé Danann high kings, killed by Medb; the son Medb bore for Elatha [q.v.], when he held her as a bondwoman

Eochaidh Dála (OH-ckay DAW-luh) a cousin of Tinne Mac Conrach [q.v.] who becomes Medb's second consort

Eochaidh Feidlech (OH-ckay FYEHJ-lihch) Gaelic high king of Ireland at the time of Medb's return from exile

Eochaidh Mac Eirc (OH-ckay mahk ehrk) Medb's biological father and the last of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by Medb

Eochaidh Ollathair (OH-ckay OLL-luh-huhr) birth name of the Tuatha Dé Danann champion and high king popularly known as the Daghda

Eremon (EH-ray-muhn) one of the first two Mileadh high kings, killed in battle

Erin (EH-rihn) one of the poetic names of Ireland, representing the racial aspect of Ireland (the people of Erin)

éteal (AY-chal) booty taken as part of the spoils of war

Ethlinn (EH-leen) Fomóraigh mother of Lugh

Éthur Mac Cermait, called Mac Cuill (AY-huhr mahk KYEH-ruh-muhch, mahk kwil) one the last three Tuatha Dé Danann high kings, killed by Medb

feadan (FYA-duhn) an aerophone equivalent to a fife

fáithliag / fáithliaig (FAWH-lyee-uhg / FAWH-lyih-uhg) a physician

féine / féiní (FYAY-nyih / FYAY-nyee) a laborer; one of the six social classes of ancient Ireland

fénnid / fénneada (FYAYW-nihj / FYAYW-nuh-duh) a champion

Ferghus Mac Róich (FYEHR-ghuhs mahk ROH-ihch) one-time champion of Ulaidh, who defected to Connacht and became Medb's chief advisor and lover

Fiacha Cennfinnán Mac Starn (FYEE-uh-ckuh KAYN-fyeen-nawn mahk stahrn) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by Rinnal Mac Genann [q.v.]

Fiacha Mac Delbáeth (FYEE-uh-ckuh mahk DEH-lih-baw) one of the Tuatha Dé Danann high kings, killed in battle

Fianna (FEE-uhn-nuh) the warrior guard of Tara

fidhcheall (FYEE-chawll-l) a board game similar to chess

Fidig Mac Feicc (FYIH-jihg mahk fehk) a chieftain of Connacht whom Medb goads into challenging Tinne Mac Conrach for the rule of the province

fidil (FYIH-jihl) a fiddle

fili / filidh (FYIH-lih / FYIH-lyee) a master poet who concerned himself with historical and national concerns and was versed in divination; a court historian

findeor (FYIHN-johr) white-gold; an alloy of gold and paladium

findruine (FYIHN-drwi-nih) silvered bronze; an alloy of unknown composition

fine / finí (FYIH-nyih / FYIH-nyee) the immediate family

Finn (feen) the last and greatest leader of the Fianna [q.v.]

Finnbenach (FEEN-byih-nuhck) a red bull with white horns, owned by Ailill Mac Ruad; one of the two greatest bulls in Ireland

Fir Bholg (fyihr WO-luhg) Men of the Bags; one of the five races of Ireland and the people of Medb's biological father

flaith (fla) the nobleman professionals

Fódhla (FOHG-luh) name given by Medieval scholars to the wife of Téthur Mac Cermait [q.v.]; one of the poetic names of Ireland, representing the intellectual aspect of Ireland (the poets of Fódhla)

Foidbgen Mac Sengann (FEHV-gyihn mahk SHEH-nih-gawn) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by Eochaidh Mac Eirc [q.v.]

Fomórach / Fomóraigh (FOH-moh-ruhck / FOH-moh-reye) Sub-Great Ones, in English Fomorians; one of the five races of Ireland and the people of Medb's archenemy, Elatha

fuidir / fuidirí (FWI-jihr / FWI-jih-ree) a dependent; one of the six social classes of ancient Ireland

Furbaidhe Ferbend (FU-rih-bay-ih FYEH-rih-byihn) the son of Liam Mac Ceinnide and Clothra [q.v.], who killed Medb in revenge for the deaths of his mother and father

Gae Bulga (gay BU-luh-guh) the fearsome spear weapon wielded by Cú Chulainn [q.v.]

Gaeilge (GAY-ih-lih-gih) Irish Gaelic

Gann (gawn) one of the Fomóraigh high kings, killed by the Nemedians

Gann Mac Dela (gawn mahk JEH-luh) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by disease

Geantraighe (GYAN-treye) an ancient Irish compositional style used for creating love songs and other gay tunes

geis / geasa (gyehsh / GYA-suh) a taboo, curse, obligation, or spell

Genann Mac Dela (GYEH-nawn mahk JEH-luh) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by disease

gobae / gobaí (GO-bay / GO-bee) a blacksmith

Goibhnia (GEHV-nyee-uh) master smith of the Tuatha Dé Danann

Goltraighe (GOL-treye) an ancient Irish compositional style used for war-songs and other solemn tunes

Heidhberneach / Heidhbernigh (HEYE-byihr-nuhck / HEYE-byihr-nee) in English Hibernians; one of the five races of Ireland, and one of Medb's adopted people

Imbolc (EEM-buhlk) one of the four main holidays of ancient Ireland, marking planting time [February 1] and the start of spring

Inis Clothrand (IH-nyihsh KLO-ruhn) an island in Logh Rbhe [q.v.] where Medb maintained a stronghold

Inis Ealga (IH-nihsh A-luh-guh) the Noble Island; the Fir Bholg name for Ireland

Inis Fáil (IH-nihsh FAW-ihl) the Island of Vines; the Tuatha Dé Danann name for Ireland

Inis na bhFiodhbhadh (IH-nihsh nah VEE-o-woy) the Island of the Woods; the Nemedian name for Ireland

Ir (ihr) the first Mileadh to be buried in Irish soil

Irin (IH-rihn) an early Mileadh name for Ireland; based on Ir [q.v.]

Ith (ih) the first Mileadh to set foot on Ireland; his death at the hands of the Tuatha Dé Danann would trigger the invasion by the Sons of Mileadh

láech / láecheanna (lawch / LAW-chaw-nuh) a warrior; one of the three professional groups of ancient Ireland

Laigin (LA-gyihn) the province of Leinester

an Leabhar Mhéibhe (LOW-uhr VAY-ih-vih) Book of Maeve; a tome of Cthulhu Mythos lore written by Medb

Liam Mac Ceinnide (LEE-uhm mahk KAY-nyih-jih) one of Medb's lovers and the father of Furbaidhe Ferbend

log enech (log EH-nyihch) a person's honor price

Logh Rbhe (low RIH-vih) a lake in Connacht where Medb maintained a stronghold on the island of Inis Clothrand [q.v.]

Lugh Mac Cian (lugh mahk KYEE-uhn) Tuatha Dé Danann champion and high king, who killed Balor at the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh [q.v.], killed by the sons of the Daghda

Lughnasad (LUGH-nuh-suhd) one of the four main holidays of ancient Ireland, marking harvest time [August 1] and the start of autumn

Macha (MAH-ckuh) an Irish war goddess and patron of horses, who took the form of a raven to celebrate battle and feed on the dead; also the name given to Medb by the Tuatha Dé Danann

Magh Mór (moy mohr) "Great Land"; the Otherworld of ancient Ireland

Magh Tuiredh (moy TWI-reh) the site of two battles, one between the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Fir Bholg, the other between the Fomóraigh and an alliance of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Fir Bholg, and the Heidhbernigh [q.v.].

Mamu (MAW-muh) the province of Munster

Mata (Mah-tuh) daughter of Eochaidh Feidlech, wife of Ruad Mac Sraibgend, and mother of Ailill Mac Ruad

Meas Geaghra (mas GAY-ruh) one-time king of Leinester, who was killed by Conchobar Mac Nessa

Medb hErenn (mayv HAIR-rain) Maeve of Ireland

Mide (MYIH-jih) the province of Meath

Mileadh, Sons of (MIH-leh) the children of the brother of Ith [q.v.], in English the Milesians, one of the five races of Ireland and one of Medb's adopted people; they were the ancestors of the Gaels

Morc (mork) one of the Fomóraigh high kings, passed over

Morrigán (MOHR-rih-gawn) the Irish tripartite goddess of war and fertility, whose three aspects are Macha [q.v.], Badbh [q.v.], and Nemhain [q.v.]; also the name given to Medb by the Heidhbernigh

mug / muig (mug / mwig) bondman; a male slave

Muicinis (MWI-kyih-nihsh) the Island of Pigs; the Mileadh name for Ireland before they invaded

Naoise (NEE-shih) the lover of Deirdre [q.v.], who eloped with her to save her from a marriage to Conchobar Mac Nessa

Nemhain (NAY-wuhn) an Irish war goddess, who spread terror before and during battle, and who keened for the dead afterwards; also the name given to Medb by the Fomóraigh

nemhedh (NEH-vay) privileged; able to hold land and control its usage

Nessa (NEHSH-suh) mother of Conchobar Mac Nessa

Nuada Airgetlám (NOO-uh-duh A-rih-gyihch-lawm) leader and first king of the Tuatha Dé Danann

ollamh / ollúna (OHLL-luhv / OHLL-loo-nuh) official poet to a chief or king

ór (ohr) pure or yellow-gold

rannaire / rannairí (RAW-nuh-rih / RAW-nuh-ree) a chief

ráth / ráthanna (raw / RAW-haw-nuh) village settlement; a small ring-fort

Ráth Cruachan (raw KROO-uh-ckahn) the capital of Connacht and the stronghold of Medb

rechteaire / rechteairí (REHCH-chuh-rih / REHCH-chuh-ree) a steward

rí / ríthe (ree / REE-hih) a minor chief

rí clainne (ree KLAW-nih) a clan chieftain

rí coicede (ree KEH-kyih-jih) a provincial leader

rí dáil (ree DAW-ihl) the leader of the local kingdom

rí ruírech (ree RU-ee-rihch) the high king of Ireland

rí tuaithe (ree TOO-eh-hih) a tribal chieftain

Rinnal Mac Genann (REEN-nuhl mahk GYEHN-awn) Fir Bholg high king at the time of Medb's capture; he bought her from Sreng [q.v.] but then sold her to Elatha; poisoned by Foidbgen Mac Sengann

Ruad Mac Sraibgend, called the Red (ROO-uhd mahk SRAB-gyehn) father of Ailill Mac Ruad

Rudraige Mac Dela (RUD-ruh-gyih mahk JEH-luh) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, was drowned while drunk

saer / saereanna (sayr / SAY-raw-nuh) a wright or carpenter

saer-fuidir / saer-fuidirí (sayr FWI-jihr / sayr FWI-jih-ree) a dependent outsider

samaisc (SAW-mashc) a three-year old heifer

Samhain (SAW-wuhn) the greatest of the four main holidays of ancient Ireland, marking the New Year [November 1] and the start of winter

Saol Mhéibhe (seel VAY-ih-vih) Life of Maeve; a Medieval biography of Medb

scepiol / scepiola (SHKEH-pyuhl / SHKEH-pyuh-luh) a scruple of silver; worth one-sixth an ounce

Scotia (SKO-tee-uh) the Mileadh name for Ireland after they invaded

seanchaí / seanchaithe (SHAHN-uh-hee / SHAHN-uh-huh-hih) storyteller

sean-nós (SHAHN-nohs) "old style"; indicates a traditional form of singing or dancing

Seanon (SHAN-uhn) the Shannon River

sencleith / sencleithí (SHEHN-klih / SHEHN-klih-hee) a serf; one of the six social classes of ancient Ireland

Sengann (SHEH-nih-gawn) one of the Fomóraigh high kings, killed by the Nemedians

Sengann Mac Dela (SHEH-nih-gawn mahk JEH-luh) one of the Fir Bholg high kings, killed by Fiacha Cennfinnán Mac Starn [q.v.]

sept / septeanna (shehpch / SHEHP-chaw-nuh) an extended family

sét / séti (shaych / SHAY-chih) the monetary unit used to determine the value of an honor price

sídh / sídhe (SHEE / SHEE-yih) a Faerie mound; also a general reference to Faerie

Sláinge Mac Dela (SLAW-nih-gyih mahk JEH-luh) the first Fir Bholg high king and ruler at the time of Medb's birth, killed in his sleep

Sraibgend Mac Niuil (SRAB-gyehn mahk NIH-wihl) the king of Meath at the time of Medb's return from exile, who fought against Conchobar Mac Nessa at the Battle of the Baghne

Sreng (SHREH-nihg) Fir Bholg champion who captured Medb and sold her into captivity

St. Cáitlín (KAWCH-leen) founder of the monastery of Cromcruagh

Suantraighe (SOO-uhn-treye) an ancient Irish compositional style used for lullabies and other relaxing, meditative tunes

Tailtiu (TAL-chih-uh) site of the battle between the Sons of Mileadh and the Tuatha Dé Danann

Táin Bó Cúailnge (TAW-ihn boh KOO-ehl-nih-gih) the Cattle Raid of Cooley

Tara (TAH-ruh) the ritual capital of ancient Ireland and the seat of the Gaelic high kings

techt / techte (chech / CHECH-chih) a messenger

teind (tehnj) the tribute the Faeries owe the Devil, paid every seven years

Téthur Mac Cermait, called Mac Cecht (TAY-huhr mahk KYEH-ruh-muhch, mahk kehch) one the last three Tuatha Dé Danann high kings, killed by Medb

timpan (TEEM-pan) a chordophone with three to eight strings played with a bow or plectrum

Tinne Mac Conrach (TEE-nyih mahk KON-ruhck) king of Connacht at the time of Medb's return from exile; he became Medb's first consort

Tír na bhForaoisí (cheer nah VO-ree-shee) the Land of the Forests; the Heidhbernigh name for Ireland

tochur (TO-ckuhr) the dowry a woman could bring to a marriage

torc / toirc (tork / tehrk) an open neck ring worn by the nobility and wealthy commoners

toradh (TO-rah) the nutritional goodness in food; also called foyson

tuath / tuatha (TOO-uh / TOO-uh-huh) a tribe

Tuatha Dé Danann (TOO-uh-huh day DAH-nawn) People of the Goddess Danu [q.v.], often called Danann for short; one of the five races of Ireland, and the people of Medb's mother

uasal (OO-uh-suhl) the warrior nobility

Ulaidh (U-lay) the province of Ulster

umha (oowuh) bronze

unga / ungaí (U-nih-guh / U-nih-guh-ee) an ounce of pure silver

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