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by Micha F. Lindemans
The King of Cats widely known in Irish written and oral tradition. He is said to have been as large as an ox and living in a cave at Knowth. In one well-known story, the chief poet of Ireland Senchán Torpéist dared to satirize cats upon which Írusán left his cage and carried the poet away on his back. When they passed Clonmacnoise, St. Ciarán saved the poet by throwing a red-hot poker at the huge cat and killing him.

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