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Eleven Pipers Piping, but not for Christmas per se, or, Ó Mhálta go Mars ag píobaireacht linn Posted by on Mar 31, 2018

(le Róislín)   Before we continue with the list of Irish traditional instruments, I thought it would be fun to talk about eleven types of pipers from around the world.  Why eleven?  Well, we’re all familiar with saying “Eleven Pipers Piping,” right? Our definition of “pipes” here will be a little flexible, since it can…

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How to say ‘rat’ in Irish and a preliminary glossary for reading ‘An Píobaire Breac’ (an t-aistriúchán le Seán Ó Dúrois) (Cuid 1 as 4) Posted by on Sep 23, 2017

(le Róislín) In today’s post, we’ll look at one of my favorite translations into Irish, Seán Ó Dúrois’s version of Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin.”  The two words that intrigue me the most are “francach” and “luch mhór,” both of which mean “rat.”  But they each have at least one other potential meaning…

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