Gaelic inflection strong in naming of Howth kid goats!

Voting will remain open until 5pm this Friday, June 2.

by Rose Barrett
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Over 450 ideas were submitted as names for the newest additions of the goat herd on Howth Head, with entrants showing a good knowledge of Irish mythology and Irish history, writes Rose Barrett.Fingal County Council and the Old Irish Goat Society were overwhelmed with the inventive response and wish to thank all who shared their creative names in the hunt to name the young Howth kid goats.

But note, entry to choose the final name closes on Friday next, June 2!Following careful deliberation, FCC announced the four names shortlisted that best embody the essence of the Old Irish goats and the beauty of Howth Head.  The final selection includes: 

1.   Saorla meaning free princess. “These goats are enjoying freedom and now ruling this kingdom on Howth Head!” was the reasoning with the submission noted a spokesperson for FCC.

2.    Talun, the Irish for fertility. “Like the year the goats have had and what the goats bring to the land,” was supplied with the entry.

3.    Fiáin – the goats are now roaming wild again on Howth Head and goats were previously known An Gabhar Fiáin (wild goat)

4.    Danu meaning Mother of Goddess, referring to nature and the mother of Tuatha Dé Danann.

Not only does the birth of these delightful kids mark a significant milestone for our community, but they also bring joy and charm,” said a spokesperson with FCC. “Furthermore, they play a crucial role in maintaining the health and beauty of Howth Head.” 

An extraordinary range of names were submitted and the the task before the judging panel was both challenging and exciting. 

“The final four names were chosen for their connection to Irish roots, mythology, language, and cultural significance. We believe they capture the spirit and character of these adorable kid goats while honouring the heritage of the Howth community. 

“We would now like to invite the public to participate in the final phase of the naming competition. Individuals can visit our website at to place their vote and choose the name they believe is most fitting for one of our newest additions. Voting will remain open until 5pm this Friday, June 2.

”There’s no time to kid around with making your final preference known – so enter immediately!

Goat herder for the Old Irish Goat Society, Melissa Jeuken and Kid Goat

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