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Tálcend


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St Patrick (c. 389—461) patron saint of Ireland

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[Ir. tálcend, adze-head; cf. W talcen, forehead].

Nickname for St. Patrick in his contentious dialogues with the Fenian heroes Oisín and Caílte. The unflattering implications of the word presumably play on the shape of Patrick's bishop's mitre and his hard-headed unwillingness to listen to the other side.

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