Monday, October 03, 2005


UI's Celtic Mythology - Tailtu

Tailtu was the daughter of a ruler of the Firbolg and wife of Eochaidh Mac Erc, another Firbolg king. She was said to have cleared the forest of Breg so that it became a plain, a task which killed her. Because she was the foster-mother of the sun god Lugh, he declared that the festival of Lughnasadh be held in her honour, which took place on the first day of August. It was originally the occasion of a national sporting competition, not unlike the Olympic Games.

For those of you who are unaware, the Irish word for August is Lúnasa. It's so educational here on United Irelander...


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