Lir literally means “the sea.” He is an ancient sea spirit, now most famous because of the many other spirits who are identified as his children as for example Manannan mac Lir. Undoubtedly many myths are lost: that so many powerful spirits are identified as his children signifies his own importance. One surviving myth describes Lir’s displeasure at not being chosen King of the Tuatha Dé Danaan.
Lir has dominion over the sea; he lives alone beneath a big hill in County Armagh.
- Manannan Mac Lir;
- Tuatha Dé Danaan
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