The Dagda (Irish: An Dagda) is an important god in Irish mythology. One of the Tuatha Dé Danann,he is portrayed as a father-figure, chieftain, and Druid. He is associated with fertility, agriculture, masculinity and strength, as well as magic, druidry and wisdom. He is said to have control over life and death, the weather and crops, as well as time and the seasons. He is often described as a man wearing a hooded cloak. He owns a magic staff or club (the lorg mór or lorg anfaid) which can kill with one end and bring to life with the other, a cauldron (the coire ansic) which never runs empty, and a magic harp (uaithne) which can control men’s emotions and change the seasons. He is said to dwell in Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange). Other places associated with or named after him include Uisneach, Grianan of Aileach, Assaroe Falls, Lough Neagh and Iveagh. The Dagda mates with several goddesses, including the Morrígan and Boann. His children include Aengus, Brigit, Bodb Derg, Cermait, Aed, and Midir.
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