> and his use of Cathleen as Ireland (in the plays _The
> Cathleen_ and _Cathleen Ni Holihan_ & the several of
> his poems). My
> question concerns Cathleen: Does anyone have a clue to
> her origin? I
To the best my recollection, this an old poetic "code-name" dating back to
the penal times. Poets and broadsheet songwriters would often use this and
other names to represent Ireland to confuse the British. This is also probably
a continuation of the concept of the Aishling poems during the changeover to
the english language.
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