|Redheads of Ireland, Crosshaven, County Cork (Brian Lawless PA via theguardian.com)|
|Redheads in Cork, Ireland (theguardian.com)|
- “The Men of Science who were Gods” was the meaning formerly given to Tuatha Dé Danann, danann being here connected with dan, “knowledge.” But “the Tribes or Folk of the Goddess Danu” agrees with the cognates Tuatha or Fir Dea, “Tribes or Men of the Goddess” (J. A. MacCulloch).
The Tuatha Dé ("Tribes of the Devas") are thought to derive from the pre-Christian deities of Gaelic Ireland. When the surviving stories were written, Ireland had been Christian for centuries, and the Tuatha Dé Danann were represented as mortal kings, queens, and heroes of the distant past; however, there are many clues to their former divine status.
*Ireland: The Age of Invasions