Ar 23:56 +0000 1999-01-12, scríobh Richard Marsh:
>Great Sugarloaf is a conical 501m mountain with a sparkling quartzite
>cap that dominates northeast County Wicklow. It can be seen from
>many parts of Dublin, as well as the Montains of Mourne in the North
"Cuala" <"guala" is an etymological link I would not have made. Is there
any hard evidence for that?
Can it really be seen from Mourne? I didn't know that. As you are a
folklore collector/disseminator, Richard, you probably know that it is a
favourite haunt of Dubliners. The shoulder is a favourite picnicking place,
or a good place to sit, rest, contemplate, on one's way up or down. -- I
have a feeling I may have told the following anecdote before on GAELIC-L,
so I'll keep it short.
I remember one occasion on which my father took a bevy of us up there.
Someone had picked out in white stones on the shoulder the phrase "Jesus
saves" (only clearly legible from the pinnacle), to which a later wit had
>and the Welsh mountains. An article in the first issue of _Wicklow
>Archaeology and History_, 1998, by a young working archaeologist,
>Chris Corlett, points out the proliferation of Neolithic and Bronze Age
>tombs in the vicinity that seem to be deliberately sited so as to form a
>ritual landscape with Sugarloaf as the focal point.
>The oldest name for Sugarloaf on record is a 9th-cent Ae Cualann
>(Book of Ballymote), followed by a c. 12th-cent O/ Cualann (Book of
>Leinster: Dindshenchas) and Oo Cualann (Tain, Stowe). Ll has Oo
>Cualann, a si/d belonging to the sun god, The Dagda. All that is in Price's
>_Place-names of County Wicklow_. There is no attempt by either Price
>or Chris to translate either element of the name. "Cualu" is a
>general term for the mountainous North Wicklow / South County
>It was the photograph in the article of the sun setting on a shoulder
>of Sugarloaf that got me thinking: could Ae/Oe/Oo be a form of Aed,
>etc., meaning fire extending to sun? And could Cualann be related to
>Mod Ir gualainn -- shoulder? Does Ae Cualann means something like
>"the shoulder of the sun" or "the sun on the shoulder"? It seems
>inevitable that one or more of the tombs surrounding the evidently
>sacred mountain would enjoy a spectacular view of the sun sliding up
>or down the slope of Sugarloaf on the date of a significant sunrise
>or sunset or perching on top at a (probably winter) solstice zenith.
>The Dagda's association with the mountain seems to guarantee some
>sort of sun relationship.
>Richard Marsh <[log in to unmask]>
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