Deirdre is an Irish feminine name (originally Derdriu) possibly derived from the Celtic word for "woman".

Deirdre is the foremost tragic heroine in Irish mythology. Her story is part of the Ulster Cycle.

According to legend, Deirdre was the daughter of Fedlimid mac Daill, a bard. Paralleling the story of Helen of Troy, Deirdre was said to be so beautiful that kings and countries went to war over her. However, she did not love the men who possessed her, and eventually committed suicide, or, as in some versions of the story,

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