The difficulty with taking dog pictures and choosing names!

Ir. Ch. Yarabis Cuhusail at Cairncaver


Yarabis Cuhusail at Cairncaver…roughly translated from the bronze age Celtic language , means… ‘The Warrior King From The Border Area’ who now resides in the country of ..’The Burial Place Of The King Of The Ulaid – County Down Branch’ situated in the Craigantlet hills. Craigantlet meaning…’the hill overlooking the holy wood , ‘Santus Boscus’…on the shore of the waters over the salt mines, on the estuary of ‘Bel-Feirste’…The ford over the river Lagan ………ahm….softly flowing. Lagan, if you Google it, comes up as the … Republic of Kalmykia, in the Russian Federation and then lots of other cra…information. The old spelling of Lagen is everywhere , from the Philippines to Norway! …to be honest its as common as Bel Feirste muck!
Belfast….‘Bel Feirste’… is built on muck and the buildings are on piles. Some would say that’s why it’s an arse of a place…. ‘cause it has piles! I don’t! .. I’m only saying what some would say!

Yarabis, I think comes from the Vikings of Dublin, meaning …down there!
We went through all the Irish poets/lyricists/playwrights/bards…Yeats, Shaw, Kennedy, French, ..even Turlough O’Carolan himself! Myles Na gopoleen appealed to me … can you imagine shouting down the garden, “Na gopoleen yer tripes ready!”…. Nope! ..

Moved on to movie stars.. ! He was a quiet dog… the quiet man…’The Quiet Man!’.. yes … no ! Trooper Thornton …didn’t sound right …Wasn’t Wayne in Donovan’s Reef? Wasn’t he Michael Patrick ‘Guns’ Donovan?…Yes.. but hang on a minute …what about …Thomas Aloysius ‘Boats’ Gilhooley.. Lee Marvin…nah …he wasn’t Irish.

‘Donovan!’…“They call me Mellow yellow… quite rightly” ..that was it!.. the colour .. the poet .. the laid back .. He was a Celt .. Scottish, of Irish descent, now residing in Ireland.

Anyway… we called him Donovan!

He was a very laid back dog , he didn’t suit being a Celtic spear chucker as his pedigree name implied. More a poet/word smith.

That was the name ..quiet laid back gentleman dog.. great craic ..and sadly missed.

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  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Cute writing! Nice work!

  • I thank you, I really appreciate you reading these daft little storys!


    – oulgundog

  • joak
    joakover 3 years ago

    great story great dug an great name!

  • Aww thanks Joak.. I see his namesake Donovan got the lifetime acheivement last night on the BBC radio 2 folk awards .. it’s on the red button bbc.

    – oulgundog

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenabout 3 years ago

    I love this Daft little Doggy tale-" By the banks of my own lovely Lee Marvin" is a well known song from Cork, So mayhap he is irish.

  • LOL Me thinks that title has been misconstrudled anlong the way. Knowing Cork ‘langers’ as I do, one or two ‘think’ they are Lee Marvin! Indeed Mr Marvin may have unwittingly strolled ..nay ..teetered along the lovely Lee, indeed propped up by Mr Wayne or indeed Mr Mitchem, a frequent teeterer on these shores!

    – oulgundog

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenabout 3 years ago

    “Daft is as daft does”,

  • LOL!

    – oulgundog

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenabout 3 years ago

    other famous Cork songs inckude “By the banks of my own lovely Lee Cooper”
    And “By the banks of my own lovely (Bruce) Lee” Are you familiar with these?

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    wonderfull Image !!!

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