The Background of Our Name “Danu”

Danu is the most ancient of the Celtic gods. She was referred to as the mother of the Irish gods, which indicates that she was a mother goddess. Rivers are associated with her, and represent the fertility and abundance in the land. There is a suggestion that Danu might have had dual characteristics, one being the beneficent, nurturing mother goddess, and another being the strong, malevolent side of the warrior goddess. The root “dan” in ancient Irish means art, skill, poetry, knowledge, and wisdom. She is seen as being a nurturing goddess, the teacher imparting wisdom, as well as the warrior goddess who does not give up.

Our Patron is Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board. (DDLETB).  In its Statement of Strategy, 2017 – 2021.  “Learn Achieve Succeed” the Board outlines five core values underpinning its statement:

  1. Equality
  2. Professionalism
  3. Integrity
  4. Collaboration
  5. Innovation

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