Thursday, 24 April 2008

Dún Bleisce

…de la Herald Sun:

A village in the southwest of Ireland has won a battle to get its ancient name, "harlot", restored.

For centuries, the village in County Limerick, known as Doon in English, had been known in Gaelic as Dun Bleisce, or Fort of the Harlot, but the name was changed in 2003.

The village's Gaelic name was changed to An Dun, or The Fort in Gaelic, on the advice of the country's Placenames Commission, the official arbiter of names in Irish.

The unpopular move resulted in about 1000 locals signing a petition seeking to have "harlot" added back to the name. They were backed by local politicians...

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