Violet L’Estrange Bryce

Garinish Island GlengarriffMost people think of Violet Bryce as a ‘British society lady’. But she was extremely proud of her Irish roots and was very fond of the Irish language. In a letter to the editor she wrote in 1930: “… I beg to say I was brought up on Joyce’s ‘Names of Irish Places’, my father having been a keen Irish scholar, and know ‘Goul’, ‘Gowel’, ‘Gabhal’ means a fork, but information was taken from from a pre-Joyce book which I found … in an old book …which contained a description of Glengarriff and its surroundings, and mentioned Sleive Ghoile (spelt thus) as meaning ‘the hill of the mist’ or ‘the hill of the little men or people’. This description pleased me so much that I have always thought of it as ‘the hill of the mist,’ and I feel that so long as we do not call it ‘Sugar Loaf’ we can put our own interpretation to the name.”

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