Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Sunday, August 17, 2003


KairosGuy announced the birth of his daughter Deirdre Niamh. Welcome, KairosBaby! I expect she's a bit busy this weekend, but will have her own blog sometime next week.

I don't see any explanation stuff there about the young woman's illustrious names, so I will take it upon myself to put up a few links. "Deirdre" is a name linked not only to the medieval Irish tale of Deirdre of the Sorrows (dramatized by both Synge and Yeats), but with the great St. Ita, the sister of St. Brendan. The name is variously translated as "sorrow", "raging" or "trouble". Personally, I know many Irish women who have Trouble as their middle name; having it as one's first is even more efficient! Niamh was the name of the fairy woman who carried off Oisin to be her husband. She was the daughter of Manannan mac Lir; her name meant "brightness". So, in short, the KairosParents have given their daughter two excellent and beautiful Irish names.


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