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A circular earthwork acting as stronghold and residence of an ancient Irish chief. Irish “rath”=ring fort.

A fire in the home; a hearth. Probably Scottish Gaelic “aingeal”=light, fire or Irish “aingeal”=live ember.

Scottish derogatory slang for an Englishman. Scottish Gaelic “Sassenach” and Irish “Sacsanach” < “Saxian”=the name for England + “-ach”=adjective-forming suffix < Latin “Saxones”=Saxons.

A thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon. Toponym (named after a place) from the village of Shillelagh in County Wicklow, Ireland, thought to be where the wood used to create the sticks was originally sourced.

A magic charm of spell; a superstition. Irish “piseog”=spell, witchcraft Early Irish “piseoc.”

A kiss. Irish “poc” < Latin “pax”=kiss of peace or just peace.

An Irish funeral song accompanied with wailing. Irish “caoine” < Old Irish “cainim”=I weep, wail, or lament.

A person who is dirty, lazy, and unpleasant. Irish >slab”=mud, sludge, related to Scandinavian “slabb”=wet filth, slops.

Female spirit that wails by a house where someone is about to die. Irish “bean sidhe” < Old Irish “ben side”=woman of the fairies.

A poet. Gaelic and Irish “bard” < Old Celtic “*bardo”=poet-singer, minstrel. A term on contempt in the C16th.

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