Imbolc and the Exalted One: Our Lady Brigid

“This day was called oimelc, imolg, or imbulc: the first from oimelc is given in Cormac’s Glossary where it is derived from a sheep, and melc or melg, milk : “for that is the time the milk di-melg, ewe-milk,’ sheep’s comes.” That oimelc is the first of February we know from Peter O’Connell’s Dictionary, where oimelc is identified with Feil Brighde (St. Brigit’s feast day), which has been, and is still, the Irish name for the first of February all through Ireland, the old Pagan name oimelc, being obsolete for centuries.“

P.W. Joyce, A Social History of Ancient Ireland

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