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The Metrical Dindshenchas (Author: [unknown])
- Bairend Chermain, whence is it named,
with its good fame, and ready hospitality?
it was a precinct that lasted not for a short span,
where dwelt Cerman Cetharchend.
- 5] Cerman Caladchnes the valiant
went a-wooing for increase:
the daughter of Etarba of the battles
was deceitful Digais.
- Digais was alert and strong;
10] she bore a princely family to Cerman;
she bore him seven active sons,
and five daughters.
- The names of the sons glorious work!
were Fulach, Liath, and Cassan,
15] Fledach, Dimain, and Dormna,
and Scal of the mighty shield.5
- Five daughters of the hero, who was no sluggard,
manlike in deeds were they, exceeding strong;
Cappa, Cliath, Bernsa of the peaks,
20] good Malu, and Bairend.
- Digais (whom verses cherish) drove out
her nurslings, even her own children;
said Cerman since
"May danger and destruction attend you!"
- 25] Each of them took his path;
they scattered from home and land,
till they found their abodes
they were vagrant reprobates.
- Scal fared to Scarb ind Eoin,
30] Dimain settled at Drobel,
Dornmar settled stern his grip
at stately Ath Monadmaill.
- Cassan went to Glenn Cuill,
Fer Liath to Liathdruim,
35] Fulach to Glend Smoil,
Fledach to Dergmoin.
- Cappach settled in Glend da Gruad,
Bairend settled by Babluan,
Cliach possessed the ancient cairn in her day;
40] these are the own children of Digais.6
- Digais lived on her mountain, as was reported;
there long after holds her tenure;
at Babluan it was populous once
is Bairend of the red weapons, victorious maid.