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Posted: 06 March 2017 06:05 AM   Ignore ]  
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I read of an Irish chief who made the Finnchuisg - what on earth is the Finnchuisg?

Information on this greatly appreciated

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Posted: 08 March 2017 03:27 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Perhaps a compound of “finn” (white, bright) + “cosc” (control, restraint, hindrance, punishment)? What is this chief called? Is it a character from Irish mythology? It would be helpful if you could give us some background information.

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Posted: 08 March 2017 03:48 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thank you for replying.

All I have is one tantalising line in a genealogy “Manus an O Cathain Chief made the Finnchuisg”  He died in 1468. ( O’Cathain territory in Co Derry)

I have no idea if the genealogy was constructed from earlier bits -  so could it be Old Irish?

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Posted: 08 March 2017 08:49 AM   Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Sounds intriguing. smile Another wild guess: fionnuisge or fionnuisce means “freshwater”, though I’m not sure making freshwater would be considered much of a feat… Hopefully someone else has an idea.

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Posted: 09 March 2017 05:35 PM   Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Many thanks - your suggestion seems very plausible: providing fresh drinking water could in many circumstances be a cause of rejoicing.

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