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Mac Con, exiled from Ireland, returns with the aid of the king of Britain, along with an army of Britons and Saxons, and conquers Ireland as far as Connacht where Éogan, with the help of Art mac Cuinn, plans to fight. The night before the battle Éogan and Art sleep with their hosts' daughters, conceiving the sons who will succeed them, Fiachu Muillethan in Éogan's case and Cormac mac Airt in Art's. Both Éogan and Art, as is foreseen, die in the battle at Mag Mucrama, and Mac Con becomes king of Tara.
Mac Con takes Cormac mac Airt as his foster son, and rules for seven years. He then pronounces a false judgement, showing that he is unfit to rule, while Cormac gives a right judgment, showing that he is the stuff of kings. Disasters ensue—"no grass came through the earth, nor leaf on tree, nor grain in corn" says the story—and Mac Con is deposed and Cormac made king in his place. Mac Con travels to Ailill's court, where his foster-mother warns him that he is in peril. When Ailill embraces Mac Con he bites him with his poison tooth, wounding Mac Con, who flees but is killed by one of Ailill's warriors.
The earliest surviving manuscript containing the tale is in the Book of Leinster, dated to the middle 12th century. The most recent translator dates the tale in that form to the 9th century.
The purpose of the tale is presumed to have been political, to explain, and to justify, how it came about that the descendants of Art, that is the Connachta, and of Éogan, the Eóganachta, occupied the leading political positions in Ireland—the Connachta and their offshoot the Uí Néill provided the High King of Ireland and the King of Connacht, the Eóganachta the King of Munster—when their ancestral figures had been defeated by Mac Con, whose own descendants the Corcu Loígde were no longer a force after the 7th century. As such it forms part of the common origin legends of the Uí Néill and the Eóganachta. Mac Con belonged to the ancient Dáirine, who were cousins of the Ulaid. The ancestors of the Eóganachta are known as the Deirgtine.
Editions, translations, and adaptions
The Battle of Mag Mucrama has been translated by Whitley Stokes ("The Battle of Mag Mucrime", Revue Celtique, 13, 1892), by Standish O'Grady (included in Silva Gaedelica, 2 volumes, 1892) and by M. O'Daly in Cath Maige Mucrama: The Battle of Mag Mucrama (1975). A modernization into modern Irish was published by Peadar Ua Laoghaire in 1917 as Lughaidh Mac Con.
Candace “Candi” Gay Winters Kirby, 46, of 47th St., Vienna, died June 11, 2002, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital after battling breast cancer since 1988.
She was born Nov. 9, 1955, in Parkersburg, a daughter of Nancy Lou Harper Winters and the late John Herbert Winters, Sr. She was the youngest of nine children.
She was a graduate of PHS in 1974 and Parkersburg Community College in 1976. She worked for Mike Broadwater Insurance Co for 14 years.
She was a member of the local board for the American Cancer Society where she was a strong supporter and inspiration to many cancer victims.
She was a member of the North End Church of Christ. Because of her love for God, she spent her life sharing God's Word with others in teaching ladies Bible classes, home Bible studies and serving others at every opportunity. Candi's family was important to her. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Robert E Kirby of Vienna; a son, Gabriel Kirby of Noblesville, IN; a daughter and son-in-law, April and Ben Atkinson of Vienna; and two grandchildren, Alecia and Benjamin Atkinson of Vienna.
She is also survived by her mother, Nancy Winters, and mother-in-law, Joann Newberry Kirby, both of Parkersburg; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Barbara Winters, Jerry and Sharon Winters, Gary and Cindy Winters and Kenneth and Diana Winters; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sabra and Roy VanFossen, Pam and Stan Jenkins, Debra and John Brown, one sister-in-law, Peggy Winters Seidl; and one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rodney and Marilyn Kirby; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Herbert Winters, Sr, and her brother, John Herbert Winters, Jr.
Funeral services will be Saturday 10 a m at the North End Church of Christ, 1301 West Virginia Avenue, Evangelists Eddie Cooper, Tim Hatfield and Jerry Dyer officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen North Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 4451, 3901 Briscoe Rd., Parkersburg, WV 26104.