A couple of thoughts.
Firstly, it seems the description is from the 19th century (which is when
Arthur O'Neill dictated his memoirs), not the 18th.
Secondly, epilepsy may have been the cause of the 'Innishoen', rather than
a direct synonym for it. In that case, 'an Innishoen' might mean any sudden
attack. But I have no idea.
On 9/07/2011 1:08 AM, TOM SMITH wrote:
> In the 'Memoirs of Arthur O'NeilI', the 18th century Irish harpist, he states "I know nothing more about Thady, but I understand he died one day of an Innishoen (Epilepsy) in the County of Meath, where he was born".
> Why was Epilepsy called an Inishowen in 18th century Ireland? Is there any Old-Irish tradition linking the disease to Inishowen?
> Tom Smith
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