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In Ireland, 1 August, the first day of autumn and one of the four traditional quarter days. The name means ‘festival of Lug’, in Irish mythology, the god who embodies the type of sacred kingship and who is associated with the sun, and would originally have been sacred to this god. In modern times Lughnasa has been associated with fairs; legends concerned with the day relate to St Patrick's defeat of paganism.

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