Culchie Origins


Sir, - Americans call it the Boondocks, the Aussies call it the Outback and the southern Irish call it the Cul Siar Amach. In the 1930s and 1940s, we told Dubliners that we were from the Cul Siar Amach to baffle them when they asked where we were from. We became the feared Culchies, invading Dublin to take all the good Civil Service jobs. Where in heaven did this nonsense about Kiltimagh come from?

Someone might rush to point out that de Bhaldraithe translates "back of beyond" as "i bhfad siar", but he does not claim that his dictionary is an exhaustive word-store. - Yours, etc.,

From T. J. O'Keeffe

The Lough, Cork.