Merrow - The Irish merpeople are called Merrow's. They can be distinguished by the red feather caps they wear to propel themselves; if stolen, they cannot return underwater. Their appearance is more fish than human, but that does not deter the women from falling in love with humans. And despite their unique beauty, fishermen avoid them because their presence, though kind in thought, is generally an omen of a storm.
In Irish mythology, a form of hungry spirit known as the Fear Gorta resembling an emaciated human is said to walk the earth at times of famine, seeking alms from passers-by. The generous is rewarded while the selfish is punished severely. Another myth pertains that the Fear Gorta was the harbinger of famine during the 1840s Great Famine of Ireland and they originally arise from a patch of "fear gortach" or hungry grass.
In Ireland Lugh was the youthful victor over the demonic Balar “of the venomous eye.” He was the divine exemplar of sacral kingship, and his other common epithet, lámhfhada (“of the long arm”), perpetuates an old Indo-European metaphor for a great king extending his rule and sovereignty far afield. His proper festival, called Lughnasadh (“Festival of Lugh”) in Ireland, was celebrated in August.
Celtic Goddesses - Aine, Irish Goddess of Love and Fertility
Celtic Mythology - The Goddess Aine Áine (Irish pronunciation: [ˈaːnʲə]) is an Irish goddess of summer, wealth and sovereignty. She is associated with midsummer and the sun, and is sometimes represented by a red mare. She is the daughter of Egobail, the sister of Aillen and/or Fennen, and is claimed as an ancestor by multiple Irish families. As the goddess of love and fertility, she had command over crops and animals and is also associated with agriculture.
Goddess BRIGHID Celtic Goddess Brighid Origins of Brighid: In Irish mythological cycles, Brighid (or Brighit), whose name is derived from the Celtic brig or "exalted one", is the daughter of the Dagda, and therefore one of the Tuatha de Dannan. Her two sisters were also called Brighid, and were associated with healing and crafts. The three Brighids were typically treated as three aspects of a single deity, making her a classic Celtic triple goddess.
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In Irish mythology, fomorians were a semi-divine race who inhabited Ireland in ancient times. It has been suggested that they represent the gods of chaos and wild nature, as opposed to the Tuatha Dé Danann who represent the gods of human civilization. They are sometimes said to have had the body of a man and the head of a goat, or to have had one eye, one arm and one leg... check out this site for more monsters .#folklore #celtic #ireland
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Banshee Legend...The story of the banshee began as a fairy woman keening at the death of important personages. In later stories, the appearance of the banshee could foretell death. Banshees were said to appear for particular Irish families, though which families made it onto this list varied depending on who was telling the story. Stories of banshees were also prevalent in the West Highlands of Scotland.
The banshees are Irish fairies of death, from legends and Celtic mythology. Its name means "fairy woman" and "woman of the hills", because sometimes appears walking wandering through the hills, where she remained even several days without fixed direction. Her appearance is that of an ethereal woman, sometimes a young maiden, and in others, an old and nasty witch. The banshees announced with her tears and her cry that death is near. Her singing is loud and frightening.
In Irish mythology Neit (Néit, Nét, Neith) was a god of war. He was the husband of Nemain, and sometimes of Badb. Also grandfather of Balor, he was killed at the legendary Second Battle of Moytura. The name probably derives from the proto-Celtic *nei-t- meaning fighting or passion. A similarly named deity appears on two Celtiberian inscriptions, as a Romanized Mars Neto and as Neito.
Scáthach is a figure in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. She is a legendary Scottish warrior woman and martial arts teacher who trains the legendary Ulster hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of combat. Texts describe her homeland as Scotland (Alpae); she is especially associated with the Isle of Skye, where her residence Dún Scáith (Fort of Shadows) stands. She is called "the Shadow" and "Warrior Maid" and is the rival and sister of Aífe, both daughters of Ardgeimme