Tailtiu, of the Fir Bolg. You who fostered the child Lugh.
Tailtiu, the Great One of the Earth. You who cleared the forests making them ready to be planted.
Tailtiu, Great Land. You died from your efforts to give the people agriculture.
We still honor your memory and your sacrifice by holding fairs and contests.
Craftsmen, artisans, entertainers and farmers still gather to show off their talents in your memory.
Tailtiu, Great One of the Earth.
Tailtiu pron: tal tchu
In the tale of the Battle of Moy Tura ( Cath Maige Tuired) , the Tuatha De Danann were unhappy with their ruler, Bres the Beautiful. While Bres was perfect in every way, he did not rule fairly, he was not generous. The father of Bres was Formorian. He withheld the bounty of the land from the De Danann. Balor the Evil Eye burned the land. The Tuatha De Danann were reduced to servants and starving. They rebelled against the Formorians and Bres. The Tuatha De Danann gathered for battle. At Tara, the seat of sovereignty, they gather. Lugh has left his fosterage and applies to enter Tara but he is told no. Each person at Tara is a master of their own craft. Lugh replies that he is a master of all crafts and is allowed in. They call him Samildánach, ((Sau-wil thon-ok) the "Many-Gifted One". Lugh is named king for the Tuatha De Danann and leads them to battle the Formorians. Lugh battles his Formorian Grandfather, Balor. With his long spear of light, Lugh strikes Balor in the eye and kills him. They call him Lámhfhada (Lav-arda) “long-armed" and Lonnbeimnech (Lun-bev-nokh ) "fierce striker" Bres promises to give the secrets of agriculture to the De Danann in exchange for his life.
In the many different stories of Lugh, he helps release the bounty of the land to the people permitting the harvest to begin. His triumph in battle brings the late summer thunderstorm with its lightening and breaking the burning heat of the relentless sun.
Deep water of eternity be our gate for our beloved dead.
Mighty tree whose branches reach to the heaven and whose root reach deep, be our gate for the spirits of nature.
Bright fire burning to the heavens, serve as our gate, that the shining ones may join us.
O Nature Spirits,You who dwell in wooded glens and shining lakes,windswept deserts and majestic oceans,Join us on this joyous Lunasa,Bring us your passion, your joy of life and your love.
O Ancestors,Progenitors of our Clan and our thoughts,Join us on this joyous Lunasa,Bring us your experience, your wisdom and your love.
O Mighty Ones,Gods and Goddesses of many names and faces,Join us on this joyous Lunasa,Bring us your power, your awesome aspect and your love.