Medb Lethderg

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In Irish mythology Medb Lethderg (Old Irish pronunciation: [ˌmɛðv ˈl͈ʲeθðerɡ]; "red-side") was a goddess of sovereignty associated with Tara. She was the wife or lover of nine successive kings, including Fedlimid Rechtmar, Art mac Cuinn and Cormac mac Airt.

She is probably identical with or the inspiration for Medb of the Connachta in the Ulster Cycle (Byrne 2001).

The poem "Macc Moga Corbb celas clú" in the Book of Leinster is ascribed to her.

She is associated with Rath Meave, south of the Hill of Tara.


  • Byrne, Francis John, Irish Kings and High-Kings. Four Courts Press. 2nd edition, 2001.