The Legend of How Ireland Got Its Name

by Erin on March 17, 2012

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would feature a tale from Celtic legend. It’s the story of how Ireland got its name. You see, the Irish call their home Éire. This name was given by a goddess. Indeed, Éire (or Ériu) was part of a trio of goddesses, along with her sisters Banba (or Banbha) and Fótla (or Fódla).

And on a personal note, since my name is Erin, I have something of a fondness for this story.

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