[O’Rahilly, T. F. Early Irish History and Mythology. Dublin, 1946].
Aed = fire. Irish Lord of the Underworld. Ancestor and creator – mankind. Sun god and god of thunder = lightening. Appears under various names. Similar to Jupiter/Zeus in the Graeco-Roman pantheon.
Aed Alainn = King of western otherworld – possesses – venomous spear = another name for Dagda. Elsewhere – Aed Alainn = Bodb Derg.
Aed mac Ainninne = sun god > came to lakes of Ireland and cast spells so that each dried up [Meyer, K. Death Tales of the Ulster Heroes. Dublin, 1906).
Aed mac Fidga = slain by Finn mac Cumhaill – killed by his spear leaving a sid to enter another. Traditional enemy of Finn mac Cumhaill = Goll mac Morna = form of manifestation of Aed.
Aed Ruad – drowned in a waterfall at Ballshannon in Donegal. Waterfall = Assaroe (Ess Ruad) – adjacent sid = Aed Ruad. Therefore – god = Aed = presiding over the side – identified with the Aed Ruad – drowned in neighbouring waterfall, i.e, according to pagan belief – lived beneath it.