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Archive for August, 2010

Ainmneacha Ceilteacha ar Hairicíní (Fiona en route) Posted by on Aug 31, 2010

As a dedicated ainmeolaí, I recently found myself wondering why I couldn’t think of any hurricanes that had Celtic names, even in their anglicized forms.  So I decided to look into it.  Reviewing the situation, I see that traditionally hurricanes were named after the saint’s day on which they occurred (which could reopen the door…

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Drochaimsir: Ó Hairicín Katrina (2005) Siar go hOíche na Gaoithe Móire (1839) Posted by on Aug 29, 2010

As we remember Hairicín Katrina, today’s blog will outline a few major weather events in Irish and American history.  Where available, I’ve also included references to literary interpretations of the events, since I, at least, find that reading about history through fiction is often an appealing window into times past, even when the events themselves…

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Ag Caint faoi Bhia (hunger, hungry, etc.) Posted by on Aug 28, 2010

Agus mé ag éisteacht leis an raidió le déanaí, chuala mé clár faoi neamhshlándáil bia.  Bhí an clár i mBéarla ach shocraigh mé ag an am go scríobhfainn blag faoi théarmaí Gaeilge a bhaineanns le bia.  Níl mé ag caint anseo faoi chineálacha áirithe bia mar thrátaí grianthromaithe nó vaiféil, ach go ginearálta, faoi bhia…

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Deireadh an tSamhraidh (ar leanúint) Posted by on Aug 25, 2010

Here are some more seasonal activities and the locations in which they are practiced.  This time it’s not geographic locations, but the setting in which the activity would take place.   Can you match the gníomhaíochtaí with the láithreacha?  Again, there may seem to be some potential for overlap, but by the time you’re done, I…

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Deireadh an tSamhraidh (The End of the Summer) Posted by on Aug 21, 2010

Summer is rapidly coming to an end so this might be a good time to discuss some vacation or holiday activities that you may have participated in.  Below you’ll find a chart with some activities and typical locations where you might pursue them, some in Ireland and some in other locations around the world.  How…

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More Irish Pronunciation Notes: Broad and Slender “B” Sounds Posted by on Aug 17, 2010

Getting back to the pronunciation series that was started a few blogs ago, there are a few more points I’d like to add.  As I said before, what I’m doing here is primarily explaining the transcription system that I use, not attempting to account for every possible sound or variation of a sound in Irish…

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Cén Ghaeilge Atá ar “Triskaidekaphobia”? Posted by on Aug 14, 2010

Since we recently saw a Friday the 13th come and go, I thought I’d write about triskaidekaphobia in Irish.  In fast, triskaidekaphobia recently topped the “trending now” list on, so it seemed like an especially timely topic.  Hitch is, I can’t find any existing Irish word for “triskaidekaphobia.”  But at least we can discuss…

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