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I have only a child's memory of enjoying Eisirt's story, Dennis. Perhaps 
"Echtra Fergusa maic Léite" would be a good text to study on this list, 
as a change after Táin Bó Flidais.
mg

Scríobh 18/02/2012 19:20, Dennis King:
> Marion Gunn wrote:
>
>> "Eisirt" is known amongst Modern Irish speakers, most particularly as 
>> the name of to the hero of a book of the same name, so many people 
>> brought up here would learn its meaning from parent or teacher and 
>> the story the book tells is an illustration of what it means to be an 
>> eisirt.
>
> You mean of course _Eisirt_ by Peadar Ó Laoghaire, which he based on 
> the 13th century version of the old tale "Echtra Fergusa maic Léite".  
> Eisirt is the court poet of Iubdán, king of the lúchorpáin, in this 
> fantastic version of the older tale.  Is there anything particular in 
> Ó Laoghaire's book, which I have never read, that links the name 
> Eisirt to the Old Irish term "esirt"?
>
> Dennis
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