Irish Folklore and Legends

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The ancient Irish myth Children of Lir, the basis for Swan Lake
Aoife casting her wicked spell on King Lir's four children.
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Voice of Nature
"Swan Sister 2" ~ by Amanda Jane Clark ~ Swan meaning is also linked to Celtic deities with solar associations, like Belanus and Lugh. As solar animals, the swan represents the rising glory of a new day as well as the farewell of an old day with the setting sun. Fittingly, the Celtic goddess Bridgid is also associated with the swan as her grace is expressed with equal elegance in the form of writing (poetry) and song.
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Donn, the mysterious Irish Lord of the Dead
At Halloween the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest. This is the time of Donn, Irish Lord of the dead.
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Legende irlandeze--The Children of Lir--Copii lui Lir.
The Children of Lir Long ago when the Tuatha De Danaan lived in Ireland there was a great King called Lir. He had four children: Fionnuala was the eldest and she was as beautiful as sunshine in blossomed branches; Aodh was like a young eagle in the blue of the sky; and his two brothers, Fiacra and Conn, were as beautiful as running water.
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Irish Character Profiles – Page 2
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Danu, Celtic Mother Goddess by Judith Shaw
Danu is said to have literally suckled the gods. In Irish mythology, she is mother of the earth, the gods, fertility, wisdom, wind and of all the Celtic people. The story of Danu lingers with her offspring, Tuatha De Danann, or people of the goddess Danu, who in Irish folklore are known as the fairy people who are skilled in magic. Art: Danu, Celtic Mother Goddess by Judith Shaw |
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Hawthorn Tree: Pictures, Images, Photos, Facts on Hawthorns
There is a tradition in Ireland that a single Hawthorn growing in the middle of a field is a faerie tree, as the Hawthorn was seen in Celtic mythology as a gateway to the otherworld. I know from the picture that it looks like two trees but its all from the one root. Irish faeries or 'Sidhe' in Irish, differ completely to the Hollywood vision of Leprechauns, they are not all small, dress in green and are cute with an Oirish accent.
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Aengus Óg
In Old Irish his name is spelled Oíngus or Óengus [oiŋɡus], from Proto-Celtic *oino- "one" and gus "strength" (or possibly "choice"). In Middle Irish this became Áengus, and in Modern Irish Aengus or Aonghus [ˈeːŋɡəsˠ], [ˈeːŋɣəsˠ]. Epithets include Óengus Óc/Aengus Óg ("Aengus the young"), Mac ind Óg ("son of the young"), Mac Óg ("young son") and Maccan.
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CLIODNA Irish/Scottish, Goddess of beauty and the otherworld. A Tuatha sea and Otherworld Goddess who often took the form of a sea bird and, as such, symbolized the Celtic afterlife.
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Fantasy and Sci-fi at their best.
The Morrígan ("phantom queen") or Mórrígan ("great queen"), also written as Morrígu or in the plural as Morrígna, and spelt Morríghan or Mór-ríoghain in Modern Irish, is a Goddess from Irish mythology. (Art: 'While Ireland Holds These Graves' by Fionabus on deviantART.)
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The Hedgewitch Goddess
Airmid - Goddess of Healing. In Irish mythology, one of the Tuatha Dé Danann. With her father Dian Cecht and brother Miach, she healed those injured in the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh. After her jealous father slew her brother, Miach, Airmed wept over her brother's grave. Watered by her tears, all the healing herbs of the world sprung from the earth over Miach's body.
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Irish Goddess of Healing | working nuada increasingly clear airmids miachs skills healers greater ...
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The Curious Phenomenon of the Irish Fairy Tree
Sounds like a sweet little piece of nonsense, doesn’t it? A fairy tale to amuse the kids. Well, not in Ireland. We take our fairy trees, and our fairy tales for that matter, quite seriously. …