Dawning of the Dé (part 2): Maids of Mayhem

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Irish Mythology Podcast

Bealtaine 21, 2020

Episode 4

Dawning of the Dé (part 2): Maids of Mayhem

Thank you for listening to this episode!

Here you’ll find our notes, links to research and some personal highlights from your hosts. 

Welcome | fáilte 

In this episode we are introduced to the Morrigan, in her triple goddess form – The Badbh, Macha, and Nemhain and we ask:

  • Why do the names of the three vary, depending on the story?
  • Which one is most like The Morrigan as she appears in singular form.
  • What is her role in Irish Mythology? 
  • What powers and abilities does she posses?
  • What divinities in other mythologies does she most resemble? 

We also talk a bit more about the Tuath Dé and continue the story of how they came to Ireland and fought the Fir Bolg. 

When Chief Eochaid Mac Eirc of the Fir Bolg ignores Sreng’s advice to compromise with the Tuath Dé, Chief Nuada calls on three powerful goddesses with a passion for pandemonium to give them some supernatural encouragement. 


  • “The First Battle of Moytura.” Ériu 8 (1916): 1-63. Accessed May 13, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/30005394.
  • Clark, Rosalind. “Aspects of the Morrígan in Early Irish Literature.” Irish University Review 17, no. 2 (1987): 223-36. Accessed May 13, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/25477680.
  • Krappe, Alexander Haggerty. “The Valkyrie Episode in the Njals Saga.” Modern Language Notes 43, no. 7 (1928): 471-74. Accessed May 20, 2020. doi:10.2307/2914244. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2914244
  • The Story of Burnt Njal/The Njalls Saga,1861 translation into English by George W. DaSent from the original Icelandic ‘Brennu-Njáls saga’. https://sagadb.org/brennu-njals_saga.en
  • Williams, Mark. Ireland’s Immortals. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2018


Presented by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiarnaiígh. 

Written by Marcas Ó hUiscín. 

Produced by Marcas Ó hUiscín and Stephanie Ní Thiíarnaiígh. 

Music – Celtic Warrior by Damiano Baldoni (licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 public licence 


All sounds cc or attribution licence.

Sounds on attribution licence from freesound.org – 

  • Juan FG – Never without my denture
  • Melisapons – Wooshes
  • Liezen3 – Choir Women Men and Mixed
  • Setuniman – Cinematic Moments + cinematic intros
  • Luis_audp – Celtic Tin Whistle in D
  • Beast_Toil – Slow Mellow Suspense (They’re Going to Get You!)
  • Piano Farm – Cows Attacking Red Tail Hawk
  • Yap_Audio_Production – Medieval Combat
  • Innominatus – Booms of Innominatus
  • GregorQuendel – Cinematic Percussion Trailer + Cinematic Chanting / Throat Singing Percussion Trailer
  • Jobro – Cinematic stings
  • Vedas – frantic searching
  • Robinhood76 – CROWD & MASSIVE EVENTS sound shots (Licence https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)

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