Hi to all,
If possible I'd like to impose, as an ignorant non-Gaelic speaker, upon the
good nature of those members here who have some knowledge of the language. I
have recently begun researching the Céile Dé and would like to ask about
possible alternate interpreations of the term, *if there are any*.
I'm aware of the more widely accepted meanings of servant, client, and/or
spouse of god. Also possibly friend of God. All very closely linked in
meaning and association generally. But are there any alternate legitimate
interpretations, or really a different etymology for the term Céile?
Certain researchers have concluded that the term originates with *cylle*, or
*cill*; a churchyard or cell.
A more dubious etymology lies with a certain Bishop Nicolson who, in “The
Irish Historical Library, Preface, p. XXX,” is quoted as saying that Culdee
signifies a “black monk,” from the colour of his hood or *coul*. This would
then apply to the term Culwen, white hood.
William Reeves, who wrote "The Culdees of the British Islands" pours scorn
“This as much to say that Culdee is derived from cochall dubh, or, to adopt
> his Anglo-Irish compound, coul – dubh! Unfortunately the Columbites wore