The old Gods of Ireland

Before the arrival of St Padraig to the island of Ireland the people had the standard polytheisitc approach to their deities. In other words, they had a lot of Gods with lots of different responsibilities. They also have a lot of tales about them and the mortals whose lives they touched or generally interfered with. You might think that it would have been better for them to have left us well alone to our nice little lives and our Mens Aran Sweaters like those you can buy from Shamrock Gift. Here are a few of them.

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  1. Dagda. Legend states that Ireland was inhabited originally by the Tuatha De Danann, a race of perfect super humans and Dagda was the chief. He had an everlasting cauldron of plenty and a mighty club for giving out life to death. He also had a magic harp that featured in many stories.
  2. The Three Sisters Morrigan. There are several strong female characters and Morrigan is no exception, She is the goddess of death, war and dischord. She is so busy she appears in 3 aspects. Maiden, Mother and Crone.
  3. Lugh. Known as the Long arm he rules the Tuatha before his death signals their retreat from our world.

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  1. Danu. The mysterious Earth goddess who is also connected with the winds. She seems to have a connection with Gaia in Greel Mythology being the mother of most of the Tuatha.
  2. Cernunnos the horned God. A God of the woods little is known about him, It hasn’t stopped Neopagans embracing him as their own.
  3. Brigid. The goddess of Imbolc namely spring time and fertility. She is the only one to make the crossover into Christianly in the form of St Brigid of Kildare.


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