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It probably comes from sliabh, a mountain, meaning primarily a mountaineer, and in a secondary sense, on the principle that mountaineers are worse than anybody else, a rogue. I am indebted to Mr Douglas Hyde for these details, as for many others. 2. keeners: professional mourners who utter the keen for the dead at wakes and funerals in Ireland. From Ir. Caoinim, I wail. 2. 7 Coloonry : Yeats commented : 'a few miles south of the town of Sligo' 30 Knocknarea: 'round cairn-headed Knocknarea', the 'hill of the executions', a mountain overlooking Sligo, where Queen Maeve is supposed to be buried.
MS. evidence points to twelfth-century composition for the tales and ballads, though some of them may have been composed in the eighth century. In the tale Finn, an ageing widower, decided to marry Grania (Grainne) the daughter of Cormac Mac Art, but she preferred a younger man and offered herself, after she had drugged the other banqueters at her betrothal feast, to Diarmuid and Oisin. Both refused, but she put Diarmuid under geasa to elope with her that night, which he did unwillingly. Finn pursued them with the Fianna, who tried to protect Diarmuid and Grania from him, but he eventually killed Diarmuid by treachery and Grania transferred her attentions back to him.
3-4, pointing out that it was not to be found in dictionaries and meant a 'love-talker'. He quoted O'Keamey for the description 'another diminutive being of the same tribe as the Lepracaun but, unlike him, he personated love and idleness, and always appeared with a dudeen [clay pipe] in his jaw in lonesome valleys, and it was his custom to make lov~ to s~epherdesses and milkmaids. It was considered very unlucky to meet him ... The Rose 44 an insight into the personal feelings underlying the poem : Delayed by a crush in the Strand, he heard a faint trickling of water near by ; it came from a shop window where a little water-jet balanced a wooden ball upon its point.