I read that in Scotland (at least in Lochaber) “Di-domhnaich Crom Dubh” means Palm/Easter Sunday and not Lugnasad. “Di-domhnaich na Tuirneis” has been equated with above mentioned version of “Di-domhnaich Crom Dubh”. “Tuirneis” for me seems to be “Toirneis” meaning “Thunder”, as per:
“A Galic and English dictionary” by William Shaw 1780
“An Irish-English dictionary” by Edward O'Reilly, John O'Donovan 1864
So “Di-domhnaich Crom Dubh” at the end of July also be came “Di-domhnaich na Tuirneis”, i.e. “Sunday of Thunder”? Is the pilgrimage up “Mount-Eagle” (Craogh Patrick) to pray for rain in the form of a summer thunder storm?
I ask this for I have read the suggestion that: “Lúghnasadh is a day on which thunderstorms with plentiful rain are expected and welcomed.” For “they provide a respite from the fierce summer heat that endangers the crops and encourages insect pests. The pitiless sun is Balor's scorching eye, and the spear of Lúgh is needed to tame its power.”
The reasoning is linked to “Mayo the Lúghnasadh thunderstorms where seen as the battle between Lúgh and Balor. The saying: “The wind of Lúgh Long-arm is flying in the air tonight. Yes, and the sparks of his father [sic]. Balor Béimeann is the father”.
I would have thought it would have been the work of the water god to battle the sky god. Yet as "Summer King" I can understand that Lugh is the one that must provide the rain.
Concerning Lugnasad, I don’t understand the month long Olympics said to take place in month of Lúnasa. For are the men not need to bring in the harvest? Or was it only for the aristocracy?
and what of "Domhnach na Tuirneise" note in Baile Bhuirne, Co. Cork. Does anyone know more about this?
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