Conn

Conn is the youngest of the infamous ‘Children of Lir’. He has three older siblings, his sister, Fionnuala, his brother, Aodh and his twin, Fiachra. The story of Conn and his family has been recorded as one of the most tragic and sorrowful tales in Irish mythology. They lived quiet happily for a short time […]

Lugh

Lugh is one of the most prominent members of An Tuatha Dé Danann. He is often referred to as Lugh ‘Samildánach’ meaning equally skilled in many disciplines. He is sometimes called Lugh ‘Lamfada’ meaning Lugh of the long arm, possibly due to his skill with a spear. He is a warrior, a king, a master […]

Lir

According to the Irish mythology, Lir was a fierce warrior and one of the gods of the Tuatha de Danann. He was a powerful god of the sea, although his son, Manannán mac Lir, seems to have taken over his position as sea god and so features more prominently in stories. It is probable that […]

Goibniu

Goibniu was the god of smithcraft and creator of weapons for An Tuatha Dé Danann. His name is derived from the Irish word for smith – an Gobha. It is said that he could forge a weapon with only three blows from his hammer.  He is usually named together with his brothers, Credné, the bronze-worker […]

Finvarra

Finvarra, also known as Finn Bheara or Fionnbharr, was the King of Connaught with An Tuatha De Danann. After the Milesian invasion, Finvarra and his counterparts negotiated a truce that allowed An Tuatha to remain in Ireland but only in the underground mounds, hillsand caves. According to the legend, he lived on the hill of Knockma, near Tuam, […]

Ériu

The Goddess Ériu is one of the most famous of all the old Irish personalities mainly because Ireland is named after her – Éire being the old Irish word for Ireland.  Ériu is considered the goddess of Irish sovereignty and the mother figure associated with the abundance of the land.  Throughout the centuries she has […]

Trim

Trim or Baile Átha Troim in Irish, meaning ‘town at the ford of elderflowers’, is a heritage town in County Meath. It is situated on the River Boyne and has a population of 9,194.  The town is famous for the medieval Trim Castle or ‘King John’s Castle’ – the largest Norman castle in Europe. It was built by Hugh […]

Tory Island

Tory Island or Toraigh in Irish, is an island 14.5 kilometres off the northwest coast of County Donegal. It is the most remote inhabited island in Ireland. The island is approximately five kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, with a population of about 170 people. Its name means ‘place of steep rocky heights’. This Irish-speaking […]

Straits of Moyle

The Straits of Moyle or Sea of Moyle is the name given to the narrowest expanse of sea in the North Channel between north-eastern Northern Ireland (County Antrim) and the south-western highlands of Scotland. The narrowest part of the strait is between the Mull of Kintyre and Torr Head. The distance between the two shores […]

Loughrea

Loughrea, or Baile Locha Riach in Irish, is a thriving market town in County Galway. Its name means ‘town of the grey lake’, as it is situated on the northern shore of ‘the grey lake’. It has a population of about 5,600. The town was founded in 1236 by Richard de Burgo, an Anglo-Norman knight […]