had no vessels
No one really knows
Whether it was over the heavens, or out of the heavens,
or out of the earth, that they came.
Were they demons of the Devil - were they men ?
Eochaid Va Flainn
some time in the third millennium B.C., there arrived in Ireland
a group of Sages who, in time, were to form the pantheon of
the indigenous Old Irish, and the early Celtic invaders. In
the later Gaelic tongue, they were described as
Dee in taes dana acus ande an taes
which may be translated as
the men of Science were gods and the laymen no-gods.
Their arrival came as a great surprise to the local people because
they are said to have appeared suddenly on the top of Sliev-an-Ierin,
the Iron Mountain in County Leitrim. This mountain was considered
to be three days march from the coast and, as no one had seen
the Sages crossing the intervening ground, or found boats from
which they might have landed, it was decided by the elders that
they must have burned their boats on the sea-shore and traveled
inland under cover of a magical mist - a mist of draoideacht.
From Chapter Seventeen The Shining Ones by Christian
and Barbara Joy OBrien