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In Irish mythology, Tuireann (Old Irish: Tuirenn or Tuirill Biccreo) was the father of Creidhne, Luchtaine and Giobhniu by Brigid.[citation needed]

His other sons, by his daughter Danand, included Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba, who killed Lugh's father Cian. As an erec, or recompense fine, they were sent on a quest recounted as Oidheadh Chlainne Tuireann (‘The Tragedy of the Sons of Tuireann’), one of the 'Three sorrowful tales of Erin'. After Lugh had taken his elaborate revenge, Tuireann died of grief over their graves.

He is stated in various portions of Lebor Gabála Érenn to be the same person as Delbáeth Mac Ogma, who is also credited as the father of Brian, Iuchar and Iucharba.[1] He is likely related to the Gaulish deity Taranis and thence to Thor of the Scandinavians.[citation needed]

His name points to a Proto-Indo-European root which gives us words for thunder or related concepts even today, for instance the Old English "Thunores Dæg" (Thursday), as well as dedication to the god and tórnach, the Irish word for thunder.[citation needed]

Popular culture[edit]

Tuireann is a character in As Baile: A Story, a 2012 novel.


  1. ^ Macalister, R. A. Stewart. Lebor Gabála Érenn. Part IV. Irish Texts Society, Dublin, 1941. § VII, First Redaction, ¶ 316.