Seamus O’Toole or O’Tuathail, in Irish, is the self-appointed leader of the Galway fairies. He is as old as Ireland itself and like ‘Fintan the Ancient’, he has witnessed many important events in the history of the country.
His tribe was originally from Ulster, but they moved to Connaught following a disagreement with a neighbouring tribe over land ownership. They made their home beneath the Twelve Bens Mountain range in Connemara.
When Connaught was divided into five counties, Seamus became a staunch Galwegian and vowed to serve his county. The arrival of An Tuatha Dé Danann to Ireland gave Seamus a new lease of his already long life. He felt a deep connection with the race mainly because their names had similar meaning i.e. ‘Tuatha’ translates as ‘people’ or ‘crowd’. He also became fascinated with the game of ‘Hurling’ played by An Tuatha. He followed them everywhere and went to every match that they played down through the centuries.
Seamus couldn’t contain his excitement when he discovered that Laura Griffin from Loughrea in County Galway, had invited ‘An Tuatha Dé Danann’ to her home. He set up camp on the Griffin’s lawn.