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Conchobar mac Nessa

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Turning over tombs and tuaths for an Irish hero? Look no further than King Conchobar mac Nessa of Ulster (P.S. that's in northern Ireland). He's brainy, brawny, and has a pretty sweet family—and kingdom. Occasionally, he'll moon over his lost love, the beautiful Deirdre, but that doesn't stop him from checking out the newest ladies on the block.

Basic Information

Name

Conchobar mac Nessa

Nickname

Con, Conchy, Conor, Conch Shell

Sex

Male

Current city

Emain Macha

Work & Education

Occupation

King of Ulster

Education

I learned about ruling from my stepdad, Fergus

Beliefs

Political views

I'm pro-monarchy, since, you know, I'm the king of Ulster

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Princess Nessa, daughter of King Eochaid of Ulster, is my mom; my dad is either the druid Cathbad or Fachtna Fathach, king of Ulster; my stepdad is Fergus mac Roich, king of Ulster

Siblings

I have two sisters, Deichtine (mother of Cúchulainn) and Finnchaem (mother of Conall Cearnach)

Children

Sons: Glaisne (by Mumain); Cormac (by Clothra); Furboide (by Eithne); Amalgad (by Queen Maeve); Cuscraid "the Dumb"; Folloman; Macha Daughter: Fedelm. (Yep, just the one.)

Friends

Fergus mac Roich, Cúchulainn

Enemies

Queen Maeve, Ailill, Deirdre, Naoise, Cet

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to several different wives (see: moms of my kids), but Deirdre's the love of my life

Interested in

Ladies, heeey!

Favorites

TV Shows

Girls
I love the ladies.
The Graham Norton Show
Fair City
Good Irish drama!
The Red Hand of Ulster

Quotations

"Women marry men hoping they will change. Men marry women hoping they will not. So each is inevitably disappointed."
– Albert Einstein

"I wanted to be a cattle rancher when I was young, because it was what I knew and I loved it."
– Sandra Day O'Connor

"Kings are like stars—they rise and set, they have
The worship of the world, but no repose."
– Percy Shelley, Hellas

"What's the use of being Irish if the world doesn't break your heart?"
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Books

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
I don't think we have elephants in Ireland, but I'm totally into this book.
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
I'd totally marry Katniss.
An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen
I made Deirdre and her bros-in-law enemies of Ulstermen when they ran away!
The Shining by Stephen King

Music

Deirdre's Lament by Trio Nocturna
She shouldn't have been that sad.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
I'd marry Billie Jean in a heartbeat. Just sayin'.
With or Without You by U2
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
I love American country music.
How I Got Over by Mahalia Jackson
Kids by MGMT.
Yeah, I have a lot of these little ankle biters.
I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blacheats
I really do.

Movies

The Secret of Roan Inish
I know that island!
Barnyard
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Naoise kind of looked like a male Snow White.
Elizabeth
She reminds me a bit of Maeve.
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ondine
Dr. No

Activities & Interests

Likes

Miss Ireland competitions
Ulster footballers
James Bond movies
Family reunions
Celeb gossip websites

Interests

Druidry
Mantology (studying divination)
Military studies
Genealogy
Irish studies

Groups

Older Men & Younger Women
Northern Ireland Blue Cattle Club
Ulster Museum, Belfast

Kings of Ulster

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