cailleach, an old woman; liath, grey (light blue when not applied to a human being).
"On his bended knees he came to her, asking for love," the cailleach went on.
cailleach a Mhuillear (kaillyoch a vuillyear), The miller's wife.
And while the feast was fresh in people's memory, they affected to speak of the cailleach beal-tine as dead.
cailleach in Irish, and kerling in Icelandic signify an old woman.
Perhaps it is merely a corruption of the Irish cailleach, old woman, learned from the Irish costermongers in London.
In the second incident that happened to the cailleach there appears to be a reminiscence of Sindbad the sailor.
According to Gaelic lore, this wind demon of spring is the "cailleach" (old wife).
If the reaping finishes after Hallowmas the last corn cut is called the cailleach (old woman).
"I cannot render you any help," said the cailleach, "until you name the duais" (reward).