Celtic God



Name:  Lir / Ler


PropertiesGod of the Sea


Associated Sites: Sidhe Fionnachaidh (Sliabh Fuaid near Tara Co. Meath)


Sons:  Manannan, Lodan Aodh Fiachra Conn.


Daughter: Fionnuala  


Grand-daughters: Aine Aoife Grian - (daughters of Manannan)

Sinann Goddess of River Shannon


Wives: Aobh   Aoife sister of Aobh


Associated Trees & Herbs: Sea Spells :  Ash Bladderwrack 

Hawthorn   Ragwort Burdock

Lir was the Father God of the Sea.  His son Manannan ruled the waves after him. 

He is associated with the Welsh God Llyr.  The myths of Manannan and Lír are a relatively late addition to Irish Mythology and accounts of these gods only begin to appear in medieval times.

 It would seem that the medieval writers merged the character of the Sea God Lir (Llyr-Wales) known across the Celtic influenced lands with the Tuatha de Danann king Lir. 

I have left them merged here but some scholars prefer to separate the personalities.

He married Aobh the foster daughter of Bodb Dearg after his first wife died and she gave birth to the famed children who were turned into swans by their jealous aunt and step-mother Aoife. 

Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Lir

The Children of Lir

Bodb Dearg


Manannan and Bran Mac Febal


The Voyage of Bran Mac Febal (Long Version)

Ilbrec of Ess Ruadh

Cat-Heads and Dog-Heads

Donn Son of Midhir

Cormac Mac Art in Faery

The Hard Servant

The Help of the Men of Dea

The King of Britain's Son



Last Updated - April 8, 2023

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