Tailtiu



The last queen of the Fir Bolg, she died from exhaustion after clearing a great forest so that the land could be cultivated. Without land on which to grow food, her people would perish. When all gathered at her death-bed, she told them to hold funeral games in her honor. She prophesied that for as long as they celebrated in this way, Ireland would not be without song. Her name comes from the old Celtic Talantiu, “The Great One of the Earth.”

She is the Goddess of the month August and Midsummer, and largely viewed as a goddess of the earth, sovereignty, harvest, and first grains, particularly of wheat.
 
 
 
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