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lughnasadh lammas, lugh, foster mother, memory


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Irish. Foster-mother of Lugh, who instituted the Tailtean Games, central event of the Festival of Lughnasadh (Lammas) (1 August), in her memory.

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The Tailteann Games of Ancient Ireland
first declared to be an annual assembly by King Lewey-the-Long-Hand upon the death of his foster mother, Tailtiu. The queen herself had ordered the games.
(ii) Tara and Tailtiu.  ... the site of the royal assemblies of the king of Tara at Tailtiu (Teltown).
Isis Moon Lughnasadh 2010
his foster-mother, Tailtiu (the last queen of the Fir Bolg), who Tailtiu's name is from Old Celtic Talantiu,.
The Celtic Encyclopedia, Volume V
wake for the goddess Tailtiu. A re-enactment of the events that led to her death was held and the races and other games were her funeral games.
Clans Celts & Clover Newsletter; August 2011
mother Tailtiu who died of exhaustion clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture . It is olten celebrated with bonfires and parties.

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Valley Views: Touch the earth
In Ireland the festival is often called Lughnasadh, named for the Celtic deity Lugh, who sought to honor his foster mother Tailtiu.
A Blessed Lughnasadh
Lughnasadh originated as one of the four main Celtic fire festivals and was dedicated to the Celtic god Lugh/Lugus the many-skilled (or, in the case of Ireland, Lugh's foster-mother Tailtiu).

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Tailtiu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Tailtiu or Tailltiu is the name of a presumed goddess from Irish mythology. Telltown (also known as Taillten) in County Meath, was named for her.
Tailtiu was the wife of Eochaid Mac Eirc it is said she brought enormous wealth to their marriage in her dowry. She was also the foster mother of Lugh Lámhfada.
Tailtiu. Irish harvest goddess and eponym of Telltown in Ireland.
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Tailtiu: Information from
Tailtiu Tailltiu , Tailte Name for one of the three great fairs of early Ireland and the Fir Bolg queen there commemorated.