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 Gods & Goddesses

The Dagda

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Name:  Eochaid Ollathair /'All Father'  /The Dagda ('Good God') 

PropertiesGod of Magic, God of Time, Protector of Crops

Title:  Ruadh Rofhessa (The Mighty Red One of Great Knowledge)

Race:  Tuatha Dé Danann / Fomorian

Province:  Míde 

Associated Sites:  Uisnech (Tara), Brugh na Boinne (Newgrange)

Father: Elada

Grandfather: Delbaeth mac Net

Great-Grandfather: Net

Brother: Ogma  

Half-Brother: Bres

Uncle: Goibniu

Consorts: Boand  : Morrighan : ?Ní Indech (daughter of Indech)

Sons:  Aongas Mac Óg  : Bodb Dearg   : Cermat Coem (father of Mac Cuill, Mac Cecht and Mac Gréine) : Midhir  : Finnbheara  : Diancecht : Aed Minbhrec

Daughters:  Brigit  Ainge

Grandsons: Mac Cuill : Mac Cecht : Mac Gréine

Harp:  Uaithne (that could play three types of music)

Associated Herbs, Trees and Fungi: Yew

The Dagda was the father God of the Celts they called him the Good God because he protected their crops.  He was king of the Tuatha Dé Danann and ruled over Uisnech in Co. Meath.  He had a cauldron called the Undry which supplied unlimited food and was one of the magical items the Tuatha brought with them when they first landed on Ireland.  He also had a living oak harp called Uaithne which caused the seasons to change in their order and also played three types of music, the music of sorrow, the music of joy and the music of dreaming. 

 He was portrayed as wearing a brown low-necked tunic which just reached his hips and a hooded cape that barely covered his shoulders.  On his feet were horse-hide boots.  Behind him he pulled his eight pronged war club on a wheel, one end of the club killed the living and the other end revived the dead, and when it was dragged behind him it left a track as deep as the boundary ditch between two provinces.

There are many humorous tales about him, about his appetites both for food and sexual gratification.  In these stories he never seems to get enough of either!

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with the Dagda:

 The Exploits of the Dagda

Bres Mac Elatha and the Tuatha De

The Wooing of Étaín

Angus Óg: The Account of Lady Gregory

The Landing of the Milesians

Bodb Dearg


The Birth of Diarmuid

The Dagda

Manannan at Play

The Courting of Emer

Cnogba (Knowth) Metrical Dindshenchas

Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh

The Story of the Tuatha De Danann

Death Tales of the Tuatha De Danann

Donn Son of Midhir

Finn's Madness

The Hard Servant

The Help of the Men of Dea

The Hidden House of Lugh


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