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Thread #53176   Message #3851564
Posted By: Thompson
21-Apr-17 - 04:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr/Tune Add: Michael Collins (not again)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Tune Add: Michael Collins (not again)
No, no - Béal na mBláth (a neologism) would mean "Mouth of the Flowers" - the place was always Bealnablath in English, and in Irish was Béal na bPláth, "the moth of the inlet", pláth, apparently, being one of those old specialised geographical words meaning a river inlet. Though I don't know why that should be so; looking at Google Maps, Bealnablath doesn't seem to have ary a river near it at all. Perhaps water, as well as history, has been culverted there.