DOÉL 'chafer, beetle' sometimes appears in personal names, like Dubthach Dóel Ulad 'Dubthach, Beetle of Ulster'. Such names were obviously intended to identify the bearer as a person to be feared and are perhaps linked to the tendency in Ireland to regard the beetle, like the worm, as an instrument of dissolution of the body after death. The passing of Aed mac Domnaill úa Néill, tenth-century king of Ailech, for example, is lamented in a poem which states: dursan mac Domnaill do dheól don daol 'alas that Domnall's son is being sucked by the beetle' (Arch. iii 304)!
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