He is the Irish god of spying and son to Bres and Brigit. Ruadan is now better known as a saint in modern times. He was killed by a smith called Gobhinu, where some say Ruadan was sent to the smith by his father and was killed by Gobhinu instead. Gobhinu was however wounded but was cured by bathing in a healing fountain. Upon learning of the death of Ruadan, Brigit cried and it is said Brigit's tears were the first of the history of Ireland.