Today in Irish History February 24th, 2011

British Museum

“1826- Death of Peter O’Connell, lexicographer. He traveled the length of the land for 40 years in search of rare words, variants and different dialects for his exhaustively researced Irish-English Dictionary. Upon his death, the manuscript was passed to his nephew, who ultimately pawned it for a few shillings after failing to find a publisher. It was rescued and now resides in the British Museum. O’Connell is thought to be the greatest scholar of his age and his dictionary is believed to be the most comprensive in existence.”

Irish name: Peter: Peadar: Armaic for “rock”, name given to Saint Simon by Christ

Irish word: pen-peann (pan)

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