Irish Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Ireland

LUGH

Irish Craft God

Also known as Lug, Ildánach

Picture of the Irish Craft God Lugh from our Irish mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

The Shining One, and a real cleverclogs in Crafts and Arts

Things started out badly when his evil grandpa Balor tossed him out to sea, but Sea God Manannán mac Lir was fed up with demons polluting his waters and came to the rescue.

Big Mac took the baby under his fin and raised Lugh as his child until he was old enough to stay with Uncle Goibhniu, the Great Smith. There he grew so strikingly handsome and amazingly skilled that he decided to apply for the post of apprentice God. Passing an interview at the God Employment Center with flying colors (and flying stones), he zoomed up the career ladder to become Top God. And the rest is history.

Lugh waged triumphantly against baddies for many years and eventually slew his wicked grandpa with a sling. After fathering Cúchulainn, the Irish hero, his Celtic powers dwindled as Christianity increased. He slid slowly down the mythological ladder and ended up as the first Leprechaun. How embarrassing.

Lugh Facts and Figures

Name: Lugh
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Lug, Ildánach

Gender: Male
Type: God
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Crafts and Making
Area of expertise: Crafts

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 1696

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Article last revised on May 23, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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