On 7/4/05 15:34, "Neil McLeod" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Is the 'anorexic comatose guy' called Giolla do you think? Or is Giolla
> here just 'loyal adherent'?
> (a) Giolla as groide gart
> (b) giolla as garsa lûth
> (c) d’ fhuil Nêill na Naoi nGiall
> (d) nar laoi cêim ar ccûl
> Giolla whose generosity is promptest,
> Giolla whose vigour is swift.
> If Niall of the Nine Hostages was at hand
> he would not take a backwards step.
How about reading the third line as "of the blood of" - descendent of, one
of the Uí Néill. With Colm Cille on the sidelines...