The question was:
> > << Also, does anyone know anything about the Goddess Aine.
> > Supposedly she was worshipped in Co. Limerick, and was the patron
> > of a sacred mound known as Cnoc (however one would pronounce that!)
> > info would be appreciated! >>
A/ine appears to be a Munster goddess. Many scholars equate her
with Danu, the mother goddess from whom the Tuatha D/e Danann derive
their name. As soon as you say that, however, you have to confront the
question of whether Aine was a pre-Celtic earth deity conflated with
Danu when the Celts arrived or simply a variant name. Some consider
/Aine a variant of the solar goddess, Grian (spelling varies). All these
opinions have support.
What we do know is that /Aine has a lively tradition in the
folklore and I suspect that is where most of the Dal Riada article got
its stuff. She is associated, as Shae said, with Cnoc /Aine in co.
Limerick and was said to be still appearing there in the last century.
In the folklore she is associated with Mannan/an in various capacities.
/Aine is also credited with a series of human lovers and some Munster
families supposedly claim descent from such unions. Not surprisingly,
considering her Munster associations, she also appears in some of the
In _Mythic Ireland_ Michael Dames has some nice meditative stuff
on Cnoc /Aine, although I wouldn't take his statements without