> "Someone who put an end to the fair in Tailtiu would certainly be
> somewhere in the
> historic sources."
Tailtiu was the name of Lugh's foster mother, and the place named for
her is the Associative Genitive Tailtin (and variants). Described in the
medieval literature as one of the great pagan cemeteries,* it's between
Navan and Kells in County Meath with the anglicised name of Tel(l)town.
A square c. 6-foot high earthen mound, generously signposted but
inaccessible on private land (unless you pretend you didn't see the No
Trespassing sign), is the most visible of the remaining earthworks. The
Oenach Tailtin was "revived" as the Telltown Games in the early 20th
century and abandoned some years later, but for a long time before that
a "Telltown marriage" was recognised. This was a trial marriage
contracted for a year at the nearby long mound called the Crockans. If
at the end of a year the couple felt it wasn't working out, they would
return to the Crockans, turn their backs to each other, and walk away.
Some bright sparks brought this up a few years ago during the hysteria
that accompanied the debate on the divorce referendums, to counter the
argument that divorce was alien to Irish tradition.
*Some feel that the pagan cemetery called Tailtin is actually the
Loughcrew Passage Tomb complex on Sliabh na Caillí some miles away in
northwest County Meath.