A concise guide to the Gods and Goddesses of pagan Ireland, their history, mythology, and symbols. Rooted in the past but still active in the world today, the Gods and Goddesses of Ireland have always been powerful forces that can bless or challenge, but often the most difficult thing is to simply find information about them. This short introductory text looks at a variety of different Irish deities, common and more obscure, from their ancient roots to the modern practices associated with honoring them in, an encyclopedia-style book with entries in easy-to-use sections.
Pagan Portals: Gods and Goddesses of Ireland by Morgan Daimler is a well-researched book on the deities and their specific history. Too often, the Irish Gods and Goddesses are lumped together with other Celtic entities, often with more fiction than actual history.
Daimler has done an exhaustive survey into the written and folkloric records to piece together an actual summary of the deities associated with the Emerald Isle from their conception, to their attributes, symbols, even to their loves and sometimes their lack of success in that area too.
This hundred plus page book written in a readable fashion provides a framework to understand the history and folklore of Ireland. Even the Gods and Goddesses had to fight for what they wanted, experienced unrequited love, and at times were tricked.
I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants to know more about the Gods and Goddesses of Ireland, Irish history, and is contemplating a trip to the Emerald Isle. It helped me to connect with the fairy tales of Ireland better too.