cailleach

(redirected from Hag of Beare)

cailleach

(ˈkæljəx)
n
Scot an old woman
[Gaelic]
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Just like what happens in the hag of Beare poetry, Cathleen as the epitome of her land (motherland, Ireland) calls for help from her sons (young men, Irishmen).
In this sense, like the old woman in the Hag of Beare poetry who has to sacrifice her sons for the benefit of her motherland, Cathleen manages to preserve the land and protect its people at the cost of her own life.
(7) The name Cathleen, closely associated with other idealized feminine types like Hibernia, the Hag of Beare, and the Aisling, has in fact become a well-established trope in personifying Ireland as a woman.