Tuesday, 17 April 2007

The stronghold of immoral women

An Irish village has cleared the latest hurdle in its campaign to change its names to the Fort of the Harlot. The loose translation of its old Irish title means "the stronghold of immoral women".

Many residents in the village of Doon in County Limerick reportedly prefer the name of Dun Bleisce, translated as the Fort of the Harlot.

However, locals said the name referred to a strong woman and local women were noted for their beauty and culture.

The first mention of the name Dun Bleisce was in 774.

The name was changed in 2003, but more than 800 local people signed a petition calling on the government to reverse the decision.