The etymologies of Orbsen



The territory of Iar-Connaught extended of old, beyond Lough called after Orbsen, one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Orbsen, was more commonly called Manannan MacLir (the son of the sea). As a Carthaginian merchant, he was the greatest navigator of this western world, and used to presage good or bad weather from his observations of the heavens and the changes of the moon.

Extracts from Íar-Connaught, by Roderick O'Flahertie AD 1684 and Cormac MacCuilleanáin's glossary AD 905.

Orbsen survives today as a placename for Lough Corrib, as does the synonym Manannan for the Isle of Man.

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