Ar 23:56 +0000 1999-01-12, scríobh Richard Marsh:
>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.
The variations on the first element are consistent with the
variations on the word for "liver": "óa (o/a)" in Old Irish,
"áe (a/e)" in Middle Irish, and "ae" in today's Irish.
The name figures in triad #38 in Meyer's collection:
"Trí haird Hérenn: Crúachán Aigli, Ae Chúalann, Benn mBoirchi.
The three heights of Ireland: Croagh Patrick, Ae Chualann,
In a footnote, Meyer adds the following in regard to the name:
"'The Liver ('Pap,' L.) of Cualu,' either the Great Sugarloaf
His parenthetical reference is to the fact that the Yellow Book
of Lecan version of this triad has "Cích Cualann" instead of
Naming anything after the liver may seem vaguely absurd or
even slightly disgusting in English, but in Irish the "ae"
traditionally is second only to the "croí" as a seat of
Incidentally, this triad is available on the web, along with
the others through #120. We took a holiday break from adding
more, but we should have up thru #145 posted within a day or
two, with more to come. The URL is: