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Marion wrote:

>>> 'Oscar' equating to 'hero' in the context.
>>
>> That is certainly the meaning that survives into the modern
>> language, or at least into FGB.  But it is apparently a
>> rather late development...
>
> How late? Curiosity makes me ask.

17th century to judge from the two quotations in DIL (Haicéad,
Ó Bruadair).

Dennis