The Mythological Cycle contains stories about the Tuatha De Danann
, a magical, mythological race.
At Samhain eons ago, the Tuatha De Danann
, forces of generosity, light and order, battled the Fomoire, forces of chaos.
The other follows ancient Irish myth, which says that the Fir Bolg were the rulers of Ireland, well before the arrival of the Tuatha De Danann
, the Gaelic gods.
The description of the Celtic goddess Etain, a member of either the Tuatha De Danann
or Sidhe, closely resembles that of Goldberry.
She had failed to win over hurdles or fences before this season, but she got off the mark over fences at Tralee in August, beating subsequent winner Tuatha De Danann
by three and a half lengths off an official mark of 72.
Hailing from a talented, musical background (her father was an acclaimed fiddler and her mother a successful singer), Mary performed in her family's group alongside future recording artist sister, Frances and sang with Irish traditional outfit, De Danann
, in the early eighties.
There is little between Market Mariner and Tuatha de Danann
on last month's Downpatrick form, but Paddy Flood's presence on the former may swing the balance in the Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle.
References to him in Math son of Mathonwy and early Welsh poetry reveal him as wizard and entertainer par excellence, as well as hinting at his ancestry as son of Don, the Celtic goddess whose children in Irish tradition are called the Tuatha De Danann
, 'the Tribes of the Goddess Danu'.(8) Even the late ballad 'Glasgerion' mentioned by Robinson and found in Child would seem to reflect Gwydion's supernatural power over nature:
After defeating the Tuatha De Danann
, the Sons of Mil came to worship them as gods.
"An enormously talented musician and an influential bouzouki player and founding member of De Danann
, Alec helped bring Irish music to the attention of a global audience.