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The Word Slogan and Garim

21:15 Nov 27 2013
Times Read: 359


Irish Medieval History


The word "slogan" means a "battle cry" and is derived from two Irish words "sluagh-ghairm". Sluagh means army in this context but it can also mean crowd or assembly. The latter meaning is found in the place name 'Beal Atha na Sluaigheadh or Ballinasloe in Co. Galway. It means "the open ford of the assembly/hostings", a reference to its history as a gathering place of the Connacht tribesmen, chiefs and warriors of Breifne and Meath.


Gairm means "a cry" or "to shout". The word is found in old Irish and in the Celtic languages of the continent. The Celtic/Gaul word "gairm" used in the sense meaning "noisy" is thought by some scholars to be the origin of the word "German". See the on-line etymology dictionary.


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Guinness

00:34 Nov 23 2013
Times Read: 370


Irish Medieval History


Guinness a god of love! The surname "Guinness" is derived from "Mag Aongus" meaning son of Aongus who in mythology was a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann and probably a god of love, youth and poetic inspiration. Aon = one and gus = choice thus the literal meaning is ‘one choice’ but more accurately translated as 'chosen one'. In Irish orthography "Mac" meaning "son of" changes to "Mag" when the family name begins with a vowel.


When the name is vocalised in speech it sounds like Ma'gaon-gus or ma'gan-gus which in turn is phonetically rendered to English as MacGuinness. During the 17th century under pressure from the English authorities many Irish families dropped the prefix "Mac" to make their name sound more "English". However, only the ‘ma’ was dropped from ‘Mag’ names leaving names which originally began with a vowel now starting with a ‘g’. Some include Guinness, Geraghty, Garrity, Gin, Ginley, Ginnell, Ginty, Givern, MacGee and many more.


The family had mythical links to the harp and the proprietor of the Guinness brewery in 1862 Benjamin Lee Guinness chose the harp motif as the company’s logo. It was one of the first trademarks to be registered after the passing of the Trade Marks Registration Act of 1875.


In the ancient sagas Aongus had a harp that made irresistible music and his kisses turned into birds that carried messages of love. Certainly Guinness (the product) is irresistible to some and without it, many would not have been able to find love!


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NellMorgan
NellMorgan
01:05 Nov 23 2013

Interesting.





 

Bee Laws

23:23 Nov 09 2013
Times Read: 386


Irish Medieval History


Bee Laws - in medieval Ireland the only available sweetener was honey, and the Irish made extensive use of it as a dipping sauce for meats, for basting and in breads and stirabout. Honey was important enough in ancient Ireland to have an entire law tract, the Bechbretha or bee-judgements, devoted to the subject. Ancient writers remarked on the prevalence of beehives in Ireland as compared to other lands. Every household of any size kept hives to ensure a steady supply of honey and beeswax. Bees were kept in hives called skeps, made of wicker smeared with cow manure or woven straw. These hives were kept in alcoves called bee boles built into stone walls or in bee houses, special enclosures that allowed the bees free access to the outside while protecting the hives from the elements.


The Laws recognized the importance of honey as well as the nature of bees by providing that the occupants of the four nearest farms to a domestic hive were entitled to a share of the honey each year and a swarm of bees every fourth year. There were also specific divisions laid out for wild hives and swarms found on cultivated land and on land belonging to the tuath but not under cultivation. For example; if bees from one plot swarmed onto another, their produce for the following year was evenly divided between the two plots.


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HowlingNight
HowlingNight
01:05 Nov 10 2013

I found this quite interesting. Never know this before.








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