Name: Áine 'Brightness', 'Delight'
Race: Tuatha Dé Danann
Title: 'The Leanaun Sidhe'
Properties: Goddess of Healing, The Spark of Life, Vitality,
Fertility, Protection, Prosperity
Sisters: Grian (The Sun Goddess), Aoife.
Father: Manannan Mac Lír
Foster-Father: Eoghanach fairy king of Munster
Patroness of: The Eoghanacht Sept of Munster
Associated Sites: Cnoc Áine, Co. Limerick, Tobar Áine, Co. Tyrone, Dun Áine (Dunany) Co. Louth, Lios Áine/ Cnoc Áine Co. Derry, Cnoc Áine near Teelin, Co Donegall.
Raped by: Ailill Olom
Bean Sidhe of: The Corr family of Derry - she wails to presage the death of family members at Alt na Sion (Vale of Storms)
Associated Herbs, Trees & Fungi:
No bloodletting was undertaken on days associated with Áine as it was believed that the vital spark would flow away and leave the patient dead. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Lughnasadh Day (Aug 1st) were sacred to her.
Her name means 'Delight, Pleasure, Agility and Melody'. She is often deemed to be a more approachable version of the Goddess Anu.
She is also associated with Omagh in Co. Tyrone and Derry where there are wells dedicated to her called Tobar Aine. There is a stone called Cathair Áine near Dunany Point in Co. Louth and it is said that insane people and animals are drawn to sit on this stone and that once they do they can never regain their senses.
In the time of the Tuatha Dé Danann she helped the family of Eoghanacht take over the hill at Knockainy ever afterwards known as Áine's hill and she resided in the eastern part of the sidhe or fairy mound.
Like all the people of the Sidhe, she was kind and helpful to those that respected and venerated her but she exacted revenge on any that displeased or harmed her. The 2nd century King of Munster, Ailill Olom found this out to his cost when he was overtaken by lust at the sight of her and raped her. She bit off his ear and then later on she had him killed for this insult to her.
Stories, Myths and Legends associated with Áine