> Brian Boru statue outside the Bru Boru Center next to the
> Rock of Cashel in Tipperary
A chain mail poncho, Liz? ;-) It doesn't look much like the
descriptions of the dress of warriors or kings in the old tales.
My "default" image of a "brat(t)" has always been a blanket-like
rectangle of fabric, fastened with one of those beautiful brooches.
Judging from the literature, it *almost* seems at times that the main
sartortial purpose of the "bratt" was to give the wearer something
to pin his "delg" to!
fri cach n-indmas acht mo delg...
> The Cocul was a short hooded cloak or cape
Recte: "cochall" The word is used today, by the way, to mean a
hooded sweatshirt / hoody.
> táilcend 'adze-head', which becomes 'táilgeann'
So the (unattested) modern reflex of "tollcend" would be "tollgeann",
and a poncho could reasonably be called a "brat tollgeann"?
This is pure speculation now, but I wonder if the "tuigen" of the
poets could have been a kind of "bratt tollcend"?