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pdtempan
2010-01-26 16:58:47
Translations of summit names
The Irish forms of summit names and translations into English for summits in MacGillycuddy's Reeks are mainly based on Toponomia Hiberniae, a 4-volume place-name survey of the Iveragh Peninsula by Breandan O Ciobhain (apologies for lack of fadas!). The Irish form Cnoc Broinne is not absolutely certain, because this name was only collected by O Ciobhain in the anglicised form Knockbrinnea. Cnoc Broinne was what he considered the most likely origin of the name, and this seems very sensible. However, if he was right about the derivation, there is no doubt that 'hill of the breast' is an appropriate translation. Irish broinn has a range of meanings, including 'belly', 'womb' and 'breast', as you'll see if you check Dinneen's Foclir Gaedhilge-Bearla and other dictionaries. With Stumpa an tSaimh O Ciobhain actually collected this name in Irish from three local speakers. Again the meaning 'stump of the sorrel' is uncertain because one would expect Stumpa an tSamhaidh, but it may be a dialect form, and the name certainly doesn't mean 'stump of the ox' (which would be *Stumpa an Daimh). This is likely to be a later re-interpretation rather than the original meaning. Names based on vegetation, especially vegetation which is of practical use because it's edible, as with sorrel, are common in Irish as in many other languages, so there's nothing odd about this name at all.
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