Hi Dennis, Strangely, I just ran across "chois" in working with a placename
in Limerick. The original reference was to a townland called "Cos" and also
corrupted into "Cash" and now "Cush", but the original name was "an chois".
The explanations refer to "leg" or perhaps the name of a man who might have
been a courier. The most important reference to the place occurs in
connection to St. Patrick who went from Emly to "an chois". Since I can find
no reference to Cush being a monastic site, someone of importance must have
lived there. I think the origin of the surname Quish probably is related to
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Subject: Re: Cath Maige Rath 9
When I first looked at "do breith in Erennaich 'na chois dar muir"
I took "'na chois" to be the identical expression in Scottish Gaelic,
reading the phrase as "taking the Irishman *along with him* across
the sea". In today's Irish, as you know, "i gcois + gen." is an
idiom for "beside, along". In Scottish Gaelic "an cois" further means
"at the side of, accompanying": "bha e nam chois" = "he was beside me,
with me". DIL (C 489,36) cites "'na chois - along with him" from
the Auraicept, and I'm guessing that this refers to the very line
above that we're discussing.