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- proper n. A presumed goddess who was the survivor of the invasion of Tuatha Dé Danann and was the foster mother of Lugh.
- proper n. The town in County Meath that was named after her.
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We thank God or Tailtiu or Lugh or some other forgotten gods--harvest time reflects death and grace, whatever the culture.
Carmun is also believed to have been a goddess of the Celts, perhaps one with a similar story as Tailtiu.
In Celtic mythology, the Lughnasadh festival is said to have been begun by the god Lugh, as a funeral feast and games commemorating his foster-mother, Tailtiu, who died of exhaustion after clearing the plains of Ireland for agriculture.
Telltown was evidently named after the god Lugh's "step-mother:" Tailtiu.
Lúnasa in memory of his foster-mother, Tailtiu, held on 1 August at the town that bears her name (now County Meath).