The Celtic Lovers
Deirdre & Naoise
Deirdre was the most beautiful woman in Ulster. She was promised to
King Conchobar but fell in love with Naoise, a warrior of the
She put a gease on him to take her away from the King. They fled
to Alba, where they lived for many happy years. Fergus was sent by
King Conchobar to bring them home, but they were betrayed on their return.
Once on Ulsters soil the King sent a band of warriors to kill Naoise.
He then married Deirdre but soon tired of her hatred towards him so he
gave her to Eoghan, the warrior who had slain Naoise. Unable
to bear the hearbreak any longer she threw herself from his chariot.
She was buried next to Naoise and from each grave grew solitary
pines that met and entwined above the lovers.
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