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‘Caitín’ + ‘Caillte’ + ‘Caoineadh’ = Cén Rud? Posted by on Nov 27, 2013

(le Róislín) De ghnáth éistim le ceol traidisiúnta níos minice ná popcheol ach bhí an scéal seo rótharraingteach le bheith “ag imeacht uaidh.”  Right, well, that’s not exactly the phrase, “to walk away,” but it’s a close Irish equivalent.  For all the possible words in Irish to say “away” (ábhar blag eile?), none of them…

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Turducken Redux (.i. Turlaicín Fillte) Posted by on Nov 26, 2013

(le Róislín) Turkey Season is definitely upon us and offers us a good excuse to “talk turkey” (literally) and to revisit the previous “Turlaicín” blog in this series (https://blogs.transparent.com/irish/cad-is-turlaicin-ann/, 18 Mí na Samhna 2011). First, a quick reminder of the word “turkey” itself: an turcaí [un TUR-kee], the turkey, pronounced pretty much like English although there…

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JFK agus a Chúlra Éireannach Posted by on Nov 21, 2013

(le Róislín) Let me start out by saying that other than a Vicipéid article (flagged by Vicipéid itself as containing “droch-Ghaeilge“) and one brief bio in Irish that appears to have been machine-translated (naisc thíos), I haven’t found much biographical information on John F. Kennedy written in Irish.  So this blog will just present the…

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An Tulán Féarmhar i bPlás Dealey, Dallas, ar 22 Mí na Samhna 1963 Posted by on Nov 19, 2013

le Róislín Two of the key phrases associated with feallmharú Kennedy are “grassy knoll” and “magic bullet.”  These phrases have continually caught my attention, for various reasons.  One is that, as far as I know, most Americans rarely use the word “knoll” to describe very small hills.  And yet the word figures prominently in all…

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An Sloinne ‘Ó Cinnéide’ (The Surname ‘Kennedy’) Posted by on Nov 15, 2013

(le Róislín) In the past, at this time of year, it’s been hard to come up for air between writing about Oíche Shamhna and then Lá Altaithe, with An Nollaig looming large just around the corner.  But this year, marking the sad 50th anniversary of “feallmharú Kennedy,” we’ll take a breather from the holiday themes…

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