> After looking at the DIL definitions of 'bruth': IIa "a glowing mass"
> and IIb "boiling, brewing", I wonder if it isn't the Irish word for
> a loggerhead, a metal rod kept by the fire with one end in the coals.
> When someone wanted to heat their drink they pulled it out and plunged
> the hot end into their cup.
This is also attractive, but I tried and tried to think of
a description of heating drinks in the early literature and
drew a blank. If we could find one, that would be a great
help. Is seiftiúil an fear thú; b'fhéidir go bhfuil cárta
cúil agat fós? ;-)