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Thread #45138   Message #877867
Posted By: Felipa
29-Jan-03 - 03:58 PM
Thread Name: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
Subject: RE: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
Annraoi, Ir-Trad-L 22 March 2002
'One of the meanings of "Cúilfhionn" is "fair hair" whence, "beautiful young girl". Another is supposed to refer to a peculiarly Irish way of wearing the hair. In support of this I heard the following lines quoted many years ago:- "The King has forbidden the men of O'Neill With the "coolin" adorned to cross over the Pale".
I have never been able to trace the song / poem from which these lines were taken.'

you can see further discussion on other messages around 22-23 March 2002 archived at Ir-trad-L . Also see Lachlan's Ir-Trad L message of 7 Feb 1996 "Re: Coolins" and the prohibition of the traditional men's hairstyle
but the lyrics of the song do seem to be about a woman with lovely hair