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List of Gods   : "Irish"

NameOriginDescription
Goddess name "AENGUS" Celtic / Irish KNOWN PERIOD OF WORSHIP circa 500 BC . The son of the DAGDA by “the wife of Elcmar” (one of the kings of Tara) who may have been the goddess BOANN, Aengus lived in the Valley of the Boyne and was closely linked with the ancient funerary tumuli in the region. According to legend, Aengus fell in love with a maiden whose identity he sought in vain. As he wasted away, his father and mother made enquiries until they located Caer, daughter of the king of Cannaught, who lived on Loch Bel dragon in the shape of a swan with 150 attendant swans. Aengus eventually found her and he also changed into a bird....
Goddess name "Aebhel/ Aeval" Irish A goddess who is a faery [interesting story]
God name "Aed" Celtic / Irish Chthonic underworld god. Known from inscriptions. Aed mac Lir, son of LIR and Aobh was, according to tradition, turned into a swan by his stepmother, Aoife....
"Aengus" Celtic / Irish worshipped from about 500 BC / 400 AD
God name "Aesun" Ireland Irish early god whose name means "to be." Most likely part of a lost creation myth. Aesun was also known by the Persians and Umbria and Scandinavia. Ireland
Goddess name "Aibheaog" Irish A fire goddess
Goddess name "Aife/ Aoife" Irish / Scotland A goddess & queen of the Isle of shadow
Goddess name "Ain/ Aine" Irish A goddess of war, of fertility, love & of Midsummer Lair Derg
Goddess name "Aine" Celtic / Irish Obscure sky or Sun goddess. May have an association with horses....
Goddess name "Airmid" Irish A goddess of all healing arts & witchcraft
God name "Angus Og" Irish A god of love
Goddess name "Anu/ Anann/ Dana/ Dana Ana/ Catana" Irish A mother goddess associated with fertility & the primordial mother
Goddess name "Arianrod" Irish The goddess of the moon
Goddess name "Arm (2)" Celtic / Irish Chthonic mother goddess. Closely associated with fertility and the primordial mother of the TUATHA DE DANANN. Twin hills near Killarney in Munster are called “The Paps of Anu.” Also Ana....
God name "BELENUS" Celtic, European, Irish Pastoral deity concerned with light, solar worship and healing. Considered to be one of the oldest of the Celtic gods thus far recognized. Celebrated long into the Christian era in the festival of Beltine or Cetsbamain, set on May 1, the start of the “warm season.” The rites involved lighting huge bonfires and driving cattle between them as a protection against disease. It marked the season when cattle were liberated after Winter to graze the open pastures....
Goddess name "BRIGIT (exalted one)" Celtic / Continental / European / Irish Fertility goddess. A major Celtic pastoral deity, described as a “wise woman, the daughter of the DAGDA,” Brigit became “Christianized” as St. Brigit of Kildare, who lived from AD 450-523 and founded the first female Christian community in Ireland. She was originally celebrated on February 1 in the festival of Imbolc....
Goddess name "Badb" Celtic / Irish war goddess. One of the aspects of the MORRIGAN. Capable of changing shape at will. She confronts the Irish hero Cu Chulainn before a battle and terrifies him by turning into Badb Catha, the crow and harbinger of death....
Goddess name "Badb/ Bodva" Irish A goddess of war
Goddess name "Badb/ Odva/ Badb Catha" Irish A goddess of war
God name "Baile of the Honeyed Speech" Irish The god of Blarney
Goddess name "Ban Chuideachaidh Moire" Ireland Old Goddess who appears in modern Irish legends as the midwife who assisted the Christian Virgin Mary with her birth, and was also a title applied to St. Bridget. A once forgotten goddess of childbirth. Ireland
Spirit name "Banshee" Ireland Grey Lady of death who haunts certain Irish families. A female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family. Ireland
"Banshee or Benshee" Irish An Irish fairy attached to a house.
Goddess name "Bariba" Celtic / Irish Fertility goddess. One of the aspects of the MORRIGAN. A name of the “Sovereignty of Ireland” to whom the king was married in symbolic ceremony. Also a goddess of war capable of changing shape from girl to hag, and into birds and animals.See also BADB, ERIU, Fodla, Medb and MAEVE....
Goddess name "Becuma" Irish A goddess who ruled over magical boats
Goddess name "Boann (she of the white cows)" Celtic / Irish River goddess. The local goddess of the river Boyne. She is one of the consorts of the DAGDA, alternatively of a minor local deity Elcmar, cuckolded by the Dagda who sent him away on an errand for nine months. The mother of Angus mac Og.See also AENGUS....
Goddess name "Boann/ Boannan Boyne" Irish A goddess of fertility & the river Boyne
Goddess name "Branwen/ Branwyn" Irish / Manx / Wales The Venus of the Northern Seas & a goddess of love
God name "Bres Macelatha" Celtic / Irish vegetation god. The son of ERIU and of the Fomorian king Elatha. He is therefore part TUATHA DE DANAAN by parentage but, having become Lord of Ireland, he sides with the Fomorians in the Battle of Moytura and is defeated. Concerned with the supply of food from the land....
Goddess name "Brigit" Irish A fertility goddess
Goddess name "Caillech/ Cailleach/ Carlin/ Mala/ Liath" Irish / Scotland / Manx A goddess of Winter & the goddess in her destroyer aspect
Deities name "Canola" Ireland One of the oldest of the Irish deities, invented the harp from the sinews of a gutted whale. Ireland
Goddess name "Cathubodua" Celtic / Continental / European war goddess. Known only from inscriptions and probably comparable with the Irish Celtic Badb Catha.See also MORRIGAN....
"Cluricaune" Irish An elf of evil disposition who usually appears as a wrinkled old man, and has knowledge of hidden treasures. Irish
Goddess name "Crobh Dearg/ Crove Dairg" Irish A war goddess
God name "Dagda/ Daghdha/ Eochaidh/ Ollathair" Irish The god of death, rebirth & long life
Goddess name "Dana/ Donu/ Don/ Ana" Welsh / Irish The mortal Celtic race are her descendants, she is a goddess
Goddess name "Danu / Danann/ Dana" Irish The major mother goddess
"Dechtere/ Dechtire" Irish A trinity unto herself
God name "Dian Cecht" Irish A god of crafts & healing
"Dian-Cecht" Irish Physician magician of the Tuatha Dian Cecht
"Diancecht" Irish Physician magician of the Tuatha Dian Cecht
Goddess name "Dil" Irish A goddess
Goddess name "Don" Celtic / Welsh Mother goddess. Described in the Mabinogion as the progenitress of the Welsh pantheon. Equates with the Irish goddess DANU....
Goddess name "Don/ Donn/ Dhonn" Irish / Wales A goddess that is called a god of death
God name "Donn" Celtic / Irish Chthonic underworld god. According to legend, he lives on an island to the southwest of Munster and is responsible for the passage of the dead toward the otherworld....
Spirit name "Dullahan" Irish A malicious sullen spirit, or goblin. Irish
Goddess name "Eri of the Golden Hair" Irish A virgin goddess of the Tuatha De Danann
Goddess name "Eriu" Celtic / Irish Fertility goddess. An aspect of the MORRIGAN. One of the deities who were known as the “Sovereignty of Ireland” and wedded sym bolically to a mortal king. Also a warrior goddess, capable of changing shape from girl to hag, and into birds and animals. She is patroness of the royal seat of Uisnech in County Meath. Eire and Erin are corruptions of her name. See also BADB....
Goddess name "Eriu/ Erin/ Eire" Irish One of the three queens of the Tuatha De Danann & a fertility goddess
Goddess name "Etain/ Echraidhe" Irish A goddess of war
Goddess name "Fand" Irish An early Irish sea goddess, later described as a "Queen of the Fairies". Her name is variously translated as "Pearl of beauty"; or "A Tear". She is seen as the most beautiful of goddesses.
Goddess name "Fea" Irish A war goddess
"Finnguala aka Nuala" Irish In some legends as queen of Faerie. Irish
King name "Finvarra" Ireland Is the High king of the Daoine Sidhe in Irish folklore. In some legends, he is also the king of the Dead. Finvarra is a benevolent figure who ensures good harvests, strong horses, and great riches to those who will assist him. Ireland
Goddess name "Flaitheas" Celtic / Irish Tutelary goddess. A name applied to the “Sovereignty of Ireland.” By tradition Irish rulers-designate were offered a cup called the dergflaith to drink from, denoting their acceptance as consort of the goddess....
"Flidais" Irish Ruler of wild beasts of the Forests\woodlands
Demon name "Fomore" Irish They are the adversaries of the Tuatha De Danann, & called it demons
God name "Gavida" Irish A minor god of the forge
God name "Gobnu" Irish A god of skills to include Ale brewing
Spirit name "Guaire/ Boinne Guary" Irish Guardian god / spirit of Bruigh
"Ibath" Irish One of the two sons of Magog, one of the ancestors of the Irish
Goddess name "Inghean/ Crobh/ Dearg Bhuidhe" Irish One of the isters who made up a triple goddess & goddess of summer
God name "Iubdan of the Faylinn" Irish An Ulster god
Goddess name "Kele De/ Ceile De" Irish A very old goddess
King name "Lepracaun" Irish The fairy shoemaker. Irish leith-bhrogan, from leith-brog, one-shoe maker, so called because he is always seen working at a single shoe.
King name "Lia Fail" Celtic The Fatale Marmor or Stone of Destiny. On, this stone the ancient Irish kings sat at their coronation, and according to tradition, wherever that stone might be the people there would be dominant. It was removed to Scone; and Edward removed it from Scone Abbey to London. It is kept in Westminster Abbey under who royal throne, on which the English sovereigns sit at their coronation. Celtic
God name "Liew Liaw Gyffes" Celtic / Welsh God. The counterpart of the Irish god LUG. The son of ARIANRHOD, he was raised by GWYDION. The heroic figure of Lancelot may be derived from him....
God name "Lir" Celtic / Irish God. The father of the sea god MANANNAN, the consort of Aobh and later of her sister Aoife. He had four children by Aobh: AED, Conn, Fiachra and Fionnuala. Out of jealousy Aoife turned the four into swans and set father and children against one another....
God name "Llyr/ Lear Lir" Irish / Wales A god of the sea & water
Goddess name "Luaths Lurgann" Irish A goddess of midwives
"Lubberkin or Lubrican" Irish (Irish, Lobaircin or Leprechaun. ) A fairy resembling an old man, by profession a maker of brogues, who resorts to out-of-the-way places, where he is discovered by the noise of his hammer. He is rich, and while anyone keeps his eye fixed upon him cannot escape, but the moment the eye is withdrawn he vanishes. Irish
God name "Luchtain / Luchtar" Irish A Minor war & death god
Goddess name "MORRIGAN (queen of demons)" Celtic / Irish war, fertility and vegetation goddess. A complex goddess displaying various characteristics which are both generative and destructive (see also ANAT, INANA, IS'TAR, ATHENE). At the festival of Samain, she mates with the DAGDA to ensure the future prosperity of the land and as queen Maeve (Medb) of Connaught she was ritually wedded to the mortal king whose antecedent was Ailill. As Nemain (panic) and Badb Catha (raven of battle), she takes on a more warlike and destructive aspect. Rather than engaging directly in conflict, she uses her supernatural powers to spread fear and disarray. The Irish hero Cu Chulainn was thus visited on the battle field by BADB driving a chariot and dressed in a red cloak and with red eyebrows presenting an intimidating appearance. She is capable of changing her shape into various animal forms and in the guise of a raven or a crow is able to foretell the outcome of battle....
King name "Mabb" Irish utter intoxication. Originally queen of Tara,later queen of the Faeries and mythological queen of Connaught. She dumped her husband, king Conchobar and created nine Irish kings in succession and took each one her lover. She was also a fierce battle queen. Irish
God name "Mac Da Tho" Irish God of the otherworld. Irish
King name "MacCuill" Ireland Son of the hazel, one of the last Tuath kings, was so-called because he worshipped the hazel. Fairies danced beneath the hawthorn. Ogham tablets were of yew. Lady Wilde styled the elder a sacred tree; and the blackthorn, to which the Irishman is said to be still devoted, was a sacred tree. Ireland
Goddess name "Macha" Celtic / Irish Fertility goddess. One of the aspects of the MORRIGAN (a trio of warrior goddesses with strong sexual connotations), she appears as the consort of Nemed and of Crunnchu. She is also a warrior goddess who influences the outcome of battle by magical devices. She can change shape from girl to hag and is generally dressed in red. She is depicted with red hair. She appears thus to the Irish hero, Cu Chulainn, before the Battle of Moytura when she suddenly changes herself into a crow, the harbinger of death. heads of slaughtered soldiers were fixed on the so-called Pole of Macha, and the ancient religious center of Emain Macha in Ulster is named after her.See also Banbha, ERIU and Fodla....
Goddess name "Macha[s]" Irish One of the aspects of the triple Morrigu, also a goddess of fertility, festival &, sports & war
Goddess name "Maeye" Celtic / Irish Mother goddess. The mythical queen of Connaught. According to tradition her consort is Ailill and she represents the “Sovereignty of Ireland” at Connaught. She is thus the apotheosis of the land which is sacred....
Goddess name "Magh Mor Irish A" Fir Bolg princess / goddess
Goddess name "Mal" Irish She was the goddess who ruled the hag's headland
God name "Manannan (Mac Lir)" Celtic / Irish / British Sea god. Extensively worshiped. From the name is derived the “Isle of Man” where, according to tradition, the god is buried. He rules the “Isle of the Blessed” and determines the weather at sea. Father of the Irish hero Mongan. Also Manawyddaw (Welsh)....
God name "Manannan Mac Lir[Llyr]" Irish / Wales He was a shape shifter & chief Irish sea god
God name "Manawyddan" Celtic / Welsh Sea god. The counterpart of the Irish god MANANNAN. He is the consort of RHIANNON and is regarded as a skilled craftsman....
"May Molloch" Irish May Molloch or The Maid of the Hairy Arms. An elf who condescends to mingle in ordinary sports, and even to direct the master of the house how to play dominoes or draughts. Like the White Lady of Avenel, May Molloch is a sort of banshee. Irish
King name "Medhbh" Irish queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Her father was Eochaid Feidlech, the High king of Ireland. Her best-known husband was Ailill mac Mata, although she had several husbands before him, all of whom were kings of Connacht while they were married to her.
"Merrow" Irish A mermaid, believed by Irish fishermen to forebode a coming storm. There are male merrows, but no word to designate them.
God name "Midir" Celtic / Irish Chthonic god. Appears in polymorphic form. According to legend the consort of Etain and ruler of the land of Mag Mor. He lost an eye when hit by a hazel wand; the eye was replaced by DIANCECHT, the physician god. In Roman times he became more of an underworld deity. Also Mider....
God name "Midir/ Midher" Irish A chthonic god that appears in polymorphic form
Goddess name "Mor" Celtic / Irish Sun goddess. The progenitrix of the royal lineage of the kings of Munster....
Goddess name "Morrigu/ Morrigan/ Morrighan/ Morgan/ Badb/ Nemain" Irish / Wales / Britain The Crone aspect of the goddesses who were a trinity responsible for war & ghosts
"Moruadh" Ireland Irish mermaids, they resemble human women but with webbed hands and fin-like feet. Ireland
Goddess name "Muireartach" Irish A goddess of the ocean
"Nechtan" Irish The father and / or husband of Boann. He may be Nuada under another name, or his cult may have been replaced by that of Nuada. Irish
Goddess name "Neit" Celtic / Irish God of war. A minor deity identified as the consort of the goddess MORRIGAN in her aspect as Nemain. Also the grandfather of Balor, he was killed at the second legendary Battle of Moytura....
God name "Neit Irish A Tuatha" De Danann war god
Goddess name "Nemain" Irish She is one of the triune crone goddesses of battle
God name "Net" Irish A god of war
"Nit" Irish One of the attendants of queen Mab. Irish
God name "Nuada" Irish Silver Arm a king of the Tuatha De Danann. He is cognate with the Gaulish and British god Nodens. His Welsh equivalent is Nudd or Lludd Llaw Eraint. Irish
Goddess name "Ogmius ( Ogma, Ogmios )" Celtic / Irish God of poetry and speech. Very little is known of him, but the Roman writer Lucian mentions a Romano-Celtic god of wisdom, Ogmios, apparently assimilated with HERCULES and described as an old man with lion's skin holding a crowd of people chained to his tongue by their ears. NOTE: a goddess Ogma is also mentioned; she may have been a mother goddess in the original Irish pantheon....
Supreme god name "Ollathair aka Dagda" Irish The supreme god in Irish mythology.
Spirit name "Phooka or Pooka" Irish A spirit of most malignant disposition, who hurries people to their destruction. He sometimes comes in the form of an eagle, and sometimes in that of a horse, like the Scottish kelpie. Irish
Goddess name "Queen Maeve/ Medb/ Medhbh/ Madb" Irish She was once a powerful goddess
Goddess name "Rhiannon" Celtic / Irish Chthonic horse goddess. The daughter of Hefaidd Hen and consort of PWYLL, she rides upon a white mare and is associated with the underworld and with fertility. May be virtually synonymous with the Romano-Celtic goddess Rigantona whose name means “great queen.” Authors suggest she is modeled on the goddess MODRON and she partly equates with EPONA....
Goddess name "Sheela Na Gig" Celtic / Irish Mother goddess. The primal earth mother closely associated with life and death. One of the rare depictions of Irish Celtic deities that have survived into the Christian era. She is shown naked, with large breasts, with her legs apart and holding open her vagina. The image frequently adorns walls of Irish churches. Also Sheila na Cioch....
Deity name "Sheela[Sheila] Na Gig" Irish She was most likely a protective or blessing deity
Goddess name "Sin" Irish Patron goddess of warriors
Goddess name "Taillte/ Taultiu/ Tailitu/ Telta" Irish A goddess of Lughnasadh & August
Goddess name "Tailtiu" Celtic / Irish Goddess. By tradition the consort of Eochaid of the TUATHA DE DANANN, she is the foster mother of the god LUG and associated with the Lugbnasad festival on August 1....
Goddess name "Telta" Irish earth goddesses who lived on a magical Hill. Irish
God name "Trograin" Celtic / Irish Minor god. Tsai Shen...
God name "Trograin/ Lug" Irish A minor god
Goddess name "Turrean" Ireland Goddess who was transformed into the first large, shaggy Irish Wolfhound by Uchtdealbh, a jealous faery queen. Ireland
God name "Yspaddaden Pencawr" Celtic / Welsh God. Possibly the counterpart of the Irish deity Balor and the Icelandic Balder. In the legend of Culhwch and Olwen, Olwen is identified as his daughter. He sets Culhwch several difficult tasks before he can obtain Olwen's hand. Culhwch retaliates by wounding him severely, but he cannot be killed until Olwen marries. This is presumably a distorted fertility legend, the original meaning of which is lost....