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In Irish mythology, Áine ("awnya") is a goddess of love, growth, and cattle, also perhaps associated with the sun. She is the daughter of Egobail, and sister of Aillen and/or Fennen. In some of the tales that mention her, she is the wife of Gearóid Iarla. In other tales, rather than having a consensual marriage, he raped her, and she exacted her revenge by either changing him into a goose, killing him, or both. In yet other versions of her myth, she is the wife or daughter of the sea god Manannán mac Lir. The feast of Midsummer Night was held in her honor.

In County Limerick, she is remembered in more recent times as a "fairy queen".

There is an ancient cairn and three small ring barrows known as Mullach an Triuir on the summit of Cnoc Áine (Áine’s hill) which is near Knockainy village in Co. Limerick and was the site of rites in her honour, involving fire and the blessing of the land.

About seven miles from Áine’s hill, is the hill of the goddess Grian, (Cnoc Gréine). Grian (literally, "sun") is believed to be either the sister of Áine, or another of Áine's manifestations. Due to Áine's connection with midsummer rites, it is possible that Áine and Grian may share a dual-goddess, seasonal function (such as seen in the Gaelic myths of the Cailleach and Brighid) with the two sisters representing the "two suns" of the year: Áine representing the light half of the year and the bright summer sun, and Grian the dark half of the year and the pale winter sun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                 

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