Muicinis


Pig Island

Séathrún Céitinn (Geoffrey Keating) wrote his famous history of Ireland, Foras Feasa ar Éirinn, in the first half of the seventeenth century. He began by listing the various names that Ireland has borne. The eighth name he lists is Muicinis (Pig Island), which he explains as follows:

An t-ochtmhadh hainm, Muicinis; agus is iad Clanna Mhíleadh tug an t-ainm sin uirre, sul rangadar i dtír innte. Mar tángadar, iomorro, go bun Innbheir Sláinghe, d’á ngairthear cuan Locha-garman indiu, tionólaidh Tuatha Dé Danann go n-a ndraoithibh ’na gcoinne ann, agus imrid draoidheacht orra, ionnus ná’r léir dhóibh an t-oiléan acht ar chosmhaileas muice, gonadh uime sin tugadar Muicinis for Éirinn. The eighth name is Pig Island, and it was the Children of Míl who gave it that name, before they came ashore there. When they came to the mouth of Innbhear Sláinghe, which is called Wexford harbour today, the Tuatha Dé Danann gathered together there along with their druids to oppose them, and they cast a spell on them, so that what they saw was the likeness of a pig instead of the island, and it is for that reason they called Ireland Pig Island.
2009-08-06 CPD