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FODLA

Celtic Tutelary Goddess

Also known as Fótla, Fódhla, Fotla

Not very poetically-named Tutelary Goddess of Ireland

The wife of MAC-CECHT, she had always wanted a country named after her. Along with her sisters BANBA and ERIU, she begged and pleaded with the poet AMAIRGIN to name the Emerald Isle after her.

This three-way rivalry led to a lot of arguments and bad feeling. Poor AMAIRGIN didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but a country called Fódla would never get anywhere.

For a brief period he considered combining all the names together and calling the country BANBERUFOD, but that was considered just a little too avant-garde.

Eventually he plumped for ERIU and named the country ERIULAND, which is now IRELAND, leaving BANBA and FODLA with the consolation prize of having their names made available as an alternative poetic option. They are still waiting for someone to take the option up.

FODLA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : FODLA
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : Fótla, Fódhla, Fotla
Location : Western Europe
Gender : Female
Type : deity

In charge of : Patronage
God of : Tutelary, Patronage

Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : NEUTRAL, may not care
Popularity index : 2524

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Article last updated on 09 August 2015 by Peter J Allen.
Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

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