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    '… By the way, fistula was also an old name for a wind instrument. The story is told of the rather pedantic Celtic scholar Myles Dillon asking a bemused Wexford travelling piper, Johnny Doran, to explain the mechanics of his fistula to him in a pub in Ring during the war.'

    Diarmaid Ó Muirithe, 'The Words We Use', The Irish Times, 20 May 2000.
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