- In ancient Irish legend, a king of Ulster at the start ofthe Christian era. He was the guardian of Cuchulain andalso responsible for the upbringing of Deirdre; his passion for hereventually led to her flight and death. He is said to have died ofanger on hearing of Christ's crucifixion. He appears as a characterin several works of the Irish Dramatic Renaissance, including playsby Yeats, Synge, and AE. The authentic pronunciation of thename is disputed ('Conohore' and 'Crohore' being amongst the most popularsuggestions). see also Deirdre of the Sorrows.