The Shining Ones.
The Iron mountain stands mysterious and aloof
With banks of cloud across it’s hidden roof
Like ghostly tendrils they seem to reach
Where no mortal eye can breach
As if paying homage to Gods of old
In the myths and the legends that are still told
Of heroes and warriors, battles and blood oaths
Of mysterious and magical flying boats.
Mist captures morning’s pale light
Chasing away the shades of night
Through swirling silver mist they appear
Then vanish as quickly into thin air
Shifting shadows between our world and theirs
Ghost like, the Faery Host reappears
On the turning of the celestial tide
The Shining Ones, Danu’s people ride
Standing on the edge of a dream
By the mystical waters of a silver stream
Is She shadow or really there
Her wind tossed flowing silver hair
Like a billowing cloak of silver grey
On the dawning of a brand new day
Through secret paths they have made their way
An Tuatha Dé Danann has come home to stay.
C Denis Murphy 10 September 2020.
According to legend, the Tuatha Dé Danann came to Ireland on flying ships, surrounded by dark clouds that engulfed them. It goes on to say that they went on to land on a mountain in County Leitrim now called Sliábh an Iarainn
(mountain of the iron)
The Tuatha Dé Danann, the people of the Goddess Danu – the earth- mother goddess. They had come to Ireland from the “islands of the north” and fought the Formorians to rule these lands, before the coming of the Millesians (the Celts)
They have also been associated with the fairies or the Shining Ones.