In the Book of Invasions Cesair flees Noah's flood to Ireland as a kind of matriarch of her fleet. The sources all agree there was an incredible sexual imbalance between men and women, with a total of three males and at least 36 females. Interestingly the sources also agree at least one of the men died from sexual exhaustion.
McKillop in the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology puts the number of women at 50.
Monaghan in Celtic Mythology and Folklore says 'at least a dozen women per man'.
Mallory lists the number as 150 women.
I know next to nothing about Celtic mythology, and I was fascinated to learn of a feminine fleet commander seeking out land after a flood, and I'm flummoxed as to what import, again if any, the number of women in the myth holds.
The number of men is three, and that's too riddled with possible meaning for me to delve into without knowing more of the mythos.
So anyone out there with a better or clearer understanding of the Celts, do the quantities of these groups mean anything at all? And if they do, what is it?