The Daghda in this myth is
seemingly all powerful with
much less need for the subterfuge
which eventually outwitted the Fomorians.
Except, even here, he is compelled
to hold back time to get his own way!
Is this myth, then, earlier or later?
The tenor of the text would suggest later
but that is certainly no guarantee of anything.
If this were a creation myth
it would mean that the original inhabitants of Ireland
were descended from a cow,
which for a cattle-herding people would make perfect sense,
and is the sort of claim often made by such folk.
And yet the offspring of the union,
although undergoing the human gestation period,
before being born, is not to be conceived as human
but instead, as a personification of the day!
Before humans can live out their days
the day too has to be ‘born’.