Language

John McCullagh March 23, 2004

Altnamackan:  Alt na Maighin =‘height of the little plain’ or ‘height of the parsnips’ if it derives instead from Alt na Meacan Anaghaveky: An Achadh Beihhy = ‘pleasant birch field’: alternative, Eanach an Bhacaigh = ‘the beggar’s marsh’ Annaghgad: Aonach na ngaduidne = ‘the robber’s fair’: alternative, Eanach nag had = ‘osier marsh’ Annaghmar:  Ath […]

John McCullagh March 22, 2004

Perhaps the principal extant repository of our ancient Gaelic language in everyday use among the majority of citizens is our wealth of local place names.  It is important to continue to use them, especially in addressing envelopes, where they can precede the modern post codes.  Drumcashellone [Eoin’s rocky hill fort] Greenan [sunny place] Meigh [plain] […]

John McCullagh January 23, 2004

The storyteller’s art is a dying skill.  There was until recently (there may be still, for all I know) a Newry Storytellers Group.  I am a fan of the old style.  My uncle was a storyteller from Sheetrim, as was his father and grandfather before.  The custom belonged by the fireside of the old-style ceili […]

John McCullagh January 22, 2004

[Before reading this, please note the caveats expressed in the previous story, The Art of Storytelling].  I was talking of P J Brannigan.  Well, he was the great man for travelling.He was in Crete that often he had a girlfriend there be the name of De Milo.  She belonged to the Heraklion De Milos. Venus, […]