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Posted By: Felipa
13-Apr-03 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
Subject: RE: Meaning of 'The Coolin'
From Padraic Colum (1881–1972). Anthology of Irish Verse. 1922."It is well, perhaps, to distinguish between "Coolun" and "Colleen." [colleen, cailín = girl] Coolun (Cuil-Fhionn) means one with long flowing hair. Applied to a man the designation would have suggested that he was a champion of Gaeldom who wore his hair in the ancient fashion forbidden by English statutes. Perhaps it was this that gave the designation its romantic association. The famous song that is given here is about a girl."

Ard Mhacha, I will add Ferguson's verses in another message