Macha Mhongruadh agus Ríogacht na hÉireann / Macha Red-Mane and the Kingship of Ireland
MACHA MHONGRUADH / MACHA RED-MANE
Length: approximately 650 words per language, 1950 words in total, on 4 pages
The English translation of this tri-language article begins like this:
Did you know that we have a tradition that a woman was the king of Ireland long ago? Well, we do.
Macha demanded the sovereignty in her turn after her father's death; and Diothorba and his children said that they would not cede sovereignty to a woman; and a battle was fought between themselves and Macha; and Macha triumphed over them in that battle, and held the sovereignty of Ireland seven years; and Diothorba died and left five sons, namely, Baoth, Bedach, Bras, Uallach, and Borbchas. These demanded the sovereignty of Ireland for themselves, as it was held by their ancestors before them.
Macha said she would only give them battle for the sovereignty. A battle was fought between them, and Macha defeated them. The children of Diothorba fled for safety to dark and intricate woods; and Macha took Ciombaoth son of Fionntan as her husband, and made him leader of her warriors, and went herself in pursuit of the sons of Diothorba in the guise of a leper, having rubbed her body with the dough of rye, and found them in an intricate forest in Burenn, cooking a wild boar.
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