A Conversation for Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland
rooftiler - back again, for another bit at least Started conversation Mar 19, 2004
What a great Guide Entry. I've learnt something I didn't know, and didn't even know I wanted to know! I'm intrigued about the captives whisked off to Algeria - presumably there has been a lot of research done to try and find out their fate?
One point I might make: 'one of Ireland's only planetariums' sounds a bit odd - perhaps 'one of Ireland's few planetariums' or even 'planetaria'?
Thanks again for this entry.
Recumbentman Posted Mar 19, 2004
Yes -- I always assumed Baltimore was derived from Bailte Móra, "big houses" but the Baal connection makes sense given the observance of Bealtaine, the fire of Baal, on the first of May (transliterated to Beltane in English).
Curious that both the prophet Elijah and St Patrick made their point by stealing Baal's thunder.
Woodpigeon Posted Mar 19, 2004
Thanks . The entry encompasses a bit more than Baltimore, but West Cork is a fascinating place in Ireland. I originally thought the name camed from Baile an Ti Mor - the town of the big house, so the Baal connection also came as a surprise to me.
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