‘Beannú’ is the act of blessing or salutation, and the song is a form of appeasement or incantation to nineteen of mainly forgotten deities and mythological goddesses of pre-Christian Ireland. In Ireland, rivers, mountains, waves, streams, wells, and sacred sites are named after them, and indeed Ireland is named from Ériú, Fódhla and Banba; festivals and rituals, wars and seasonal feasts were once celebrated in their name and great offerings were made in their honour. Some of them were later Christianised, such as Brigid, the great mother goddess of them all. That I should invoke 19 female deities during the 2020 pandemic of Covid19, is purely coincidental.
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin, August 2020
Written and composed by: Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin
Produced by: Dónal O'Connor at RedBox Recording Studios, Belfast.
Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin: vocals
Dónal O'Connor: fiddle, vocals
Steve Cooney: guitar, vocals
Macdara Ó Graham: vocals, overtones