Town wants its old 'ancient harlot' name

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An Irish village has cleared the latest hurdle in its campaign to change its names to [Dun Bleisce or] 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...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 [to An Dun, The Fort] in 2003, but more than 800 local people signed a petition calling on the government to reverse the decision...

Now, [Irish language Minister Eamon O Cuiv] has said while the [Placenames] commission maintained that An Dun was the "appropriate Irish version" of the name, the alternative "Dun Bleisce" had an "attested historical basis."

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