Boann (Bo-Anne) is the Celtic Goddess of the River Boyne, Co. Meath. When her husband Nechtain, Keeper of the Well of Segais left her alone, she had a secret love tryst for a night that magically lasted a full year. Her lover was Dagda, the Good God of the Tuatha Dé Danann and their love nest was Newgrange’s giant womb-like Cairn also known as Brú na Boinne or Sí in Broga. They made wild passionate love and a son was born of their union – Aenghus Óg, the Celtic God of Love. He miraculously grew up instantly and tricked his father to give him the mighty Cairn as his home.
Boann returned to her husband, who was none the wiser and told him she wished to receive the wisdom of the Well where the nine sacred hazel trees grew. He said that this was forbidden but feisty Boann defied him and set out to claim, once again, what she wanted. When she peered deep into the Well, the water responded to her beauty and might, overflowed and both become intertwined to form the mighty River Boyne.