On 23 Jan 2012 at 11:28, Counihan M.J. wrote:
> This is very interesting to me because I would like to know more about the Uí Luascain, a group which was once very prominent and is sometimes pinned to Fergus Luascain (various spellings), notionally a son of Cathair Mor;
Well, "loiscenn" or "loscann", frog, has a short o, which is
incompatible with "Lúascain" which contains a diphthong and therefore
a long vowel. The connection between them and the frog - if there is
any - would therefore not be an old one, but rather one based on
recent folk etymology.