Krunchie with Yachts

Krunchie with Yachts

Proinnsias - Krunchie As

"Proinnsias" sounds the same as "Krunchie as," except with a P instead of a K. I was christened "Francis Killeen," but adopted the Irish form of this name "Proinnsias Ó Cillín." ("Cillín," which means "treasure," sounds exactly the same as "Killeen"). Some people have difficulty pronouncing "Proinnsias," and some children in my neighbourhood called me "Krunchie," a nickname that stuck.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Liath Ní Riada: the name Liath

The majority of the Fianna, a mercenary army of hunter ethnicity employed by the High King in ancient Ireland, demanded the resignation of their commander in chief, Umhal or Cumhal (pronounce Ool or Cool), when he took a wife by force. (He claimed this was legitimate, because she, a princess, did not refuse him as a person, but as being a mere soldier, whereas the Commander in Chief of the Fianna was equal to a king). When he refused to resign, the majority rose against him, but his own clan, Clann Baoscna, who came from the forests of Leinster, stood by him. In the battle that followed, the rebels were victorious. Ool was killed in the battle. His wife, whom he had taken by force, that very day gave birth to a son. She abandoned the son by placing the baby beside his father on the battle-field, and then returned to her own people in Caraí (could be present Kerry).

Ool's two unmarried sisters found the baby and took him away to the Bloom Mountains, where they reared him in secrecy. They named the baby Deimhne (pronounce Devna), but he was to become famous under the title "Fionn Mac Umhal" (pronounce "Finn McOol"), which means "Blond Son of Ool."

The two sisters were Bomhmal and Liath.

So, this is the occurrence of "Liath" in Irish mythology (but maybe not the only occurrence).

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Born in Phibsborough, Dublin, 1943. Qualifications: BL and M Sc (IT).
Land Registration Consultant, poet, inventor and artist.Member of the Invincibles old-time band.
Attended St Peter's primary and O'Connell secondary schools.
Member, down the years, of church choir,Knights of Malta, Dáil na nÓg, Irish Language societies, residents association, action groups, musical societies and drama groups, board of National Museum.
Chaired many groups, including Residents Association, IMPACT trade union branch, Art Societies.
Ran folk club in Slattery's of Capel Street, late 1960s and returned for Poems and Pints. Led Claremont Residents Association to win Tidy Areas Competition.