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Q&A Le Siobhán, Eoin Agus Aisling – Monday March 15th 2021

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Here are some notes and links from the Q&A:

  • Common ways of saying Good man yourself! Well done!
    • Bulaí fir! – Good man!/Well done! (Particularly Ulster Irish)  
      • Bulaí mná! – Good woman!/Well done!
      • Bulaí girsí! – Good girl!/Well done!
    • Ardfhear! – Good man!
    • Nár laga Dia thú! – Well done! (May God not weaken you!)
    • Treise leat! – Well done! More power to you!
  • Loan words from European languages
    • Seomra, from Old French chambre – room
    • Gársún, from French garçon – boy 
    • French Loan words in Irish by Henry Risk (read here)
    • Is cás dom, from Spanish me cuesta
    • Lapa, also present in Slavic languages – paw
  • Early Irish Saints
    • Naomh (Saint) Etchen, 4th century – Scoil Etchen Naofa, a primary school named in his honour in Kinnegad, County Westmeath
    • Naomh Teagáin, 4th century – after which Cill Teagáin/Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow
      • Early Irish female saints
        • Naomh Bríd, 5th century
        • Naomh Íde, 6th century
    • St Patrick’s Confessio (read online)
  • Practice so as to reach conversational-level Irish
  • Gráinne > A Ghráinne
    • Learn the workings of an tuiseal gairmeach, the vocative case, in this blogpost.

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11 thoughts on “Q&A Le Siobhán, Eoin Agus Aisling – Monday March 15th 2021”

  1. Patrick had two writings recorded his confession and he also wrote a letter to coroticus. He used the shamrock ☘️ to teach the trinity in Christianity Jesus God and Holy Spirit. St Patrick wasn’t Irish, He is one of the earliest Saints who has left written work.

  2. Dia duit Aisling

    Is oth liom a fheiceáil go bhfágann tú muid! Ach táim an-sásta ar do shon.
    Dia dhaoibh
    Edward

  3. How can Irish Americans observe St. Patrick’s Day appropriately, i.e., in the way that is done in Ireland? Go raibh maith agat!

  4. What were the most recent borrowings directly into Irish from a language other than English or other than via English (e.g. Reifreann.) I am thinking of the Irish colleges in 17th and 18th century continental Europe.

      1. Dia duit!
        What types of food do Irish families traditionally serve/eat on St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland? I understand that the American favorite, Corned Beef with potatoes, carrots and cabbage, is an American creation.
        Go raibh maith agat!

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