From: "Sean O'Connor"
"I am not aware of any Irish butterflies so
small that they could pass un-noticed on the rim of a drinking vessel."
Me neither, but those midges [No See Ums] could hide on the rim of a glass
and they really bite.
Absolutely, but then we are faced with the size of the 'cuil'. The Modern
Irish for 'midge' is ‘míoltóg’. In one of the Aislings there is a mention
of a míoltóg drinking ‘Eas Aoidh Rua’, but I cannot remember which poem it
is. Any chance that the word appears earlier than the 18th century?