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The Cattle Raid of Cooley - Iliach's Clump-Fight Summary & Analysis

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Iliach's Clump-Fight Summary

Iliach of Ulster decides that he wants to ward off the Irish, not caring if he dies for the cause. He rigs up his two pathetic horses and his rickety chariot and heads off to do so. As he approaches, the Irish comment that they wish all the Ulstermen would look this shabby.

Iliach is so full of rage that he fights like Cuchulain. He attacks and kills the Irish until his weapons break, and he then fights them with his bear hands, tearing them into clumps of bones. The narrator interjects that this is one of only several uncountable things in the whole tale: the number of Irish soldiers Iliach kills in this battle.

When Iliach first arrived, he met with Dochi, son of Maga, and said that Dochi should be the only one of the Irish men to kill him. After he spends...

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