Boann was the river-goddess of the River Boyne and a warrior princess of the mystical tribe known as the Tuatha Dé Dannan who came to Ireland in earliest times in a fleet of ships that ‘sailed the high air and the low air’ and conquered the island of Éireann. She also gave her name to the river Bóinn, or Boyne, in Co Meath, which runs beside the Brú at Newgrange.
Boann’s husband is variously Nechtan, Elcmar or Nuada Airgetlám. Her lover is the Dagda, by whom she had her son, Aengus. In order to hide their affair, the Dagda made the sun stand still for nine months; therefore, Aengus was conceived, gestated and born in one day.
Artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick Gallery