Monthly Archives: April 2011

Cóir or cómhair?

These two words seem well and truly mixed up in modern Irish, probably due to their similar or identical pronunciation: Cóir would be /ko:rʹ/. Cómhair would be rather /kõ:rʹ/, with a nasal vowel. PUL was at any rate convinced these … Continue reading

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tá bó agam á mharú

Here is another letter from PUL to Gearóid Ó Nualláin, explaining why it is incorrect in Irish to say tá bó agam á marú, despite the fact that bó is feminine. Caisleán Ua Liatháin, i gCo. Chorcaí. 23-11-1914. A Athair … Continue reading

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the vocative of "pobal"

An undated letter from PUL to Gearóid Ó Nualláin, quoted in the latter’s autobiography, Beatha Dhuine a Thoil [spelling modernised by me]: Caisleán Ua Liatháin, i gCo. Chorcaí. A Athair Gearóid, a chara, Is dócha go bhfuarais na nótaí úd. … Continue reading

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Chuaigh de

Dr. Sheehan’s Gabha na Coille. Letter from Canon Peter O’Leary to the Editor of The Freeman’s Journal. Castlelyons, Co. Cork. March 16th, 1915. Dear Sir, I have just seen the latest little book by the Rev Dr Sheehan, named Gabha … Continue reading

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A bibliography of PUL’s works

Shán Ó Cuív compiled a list of 487 works of PUL, including books, pamphets, articles, letters to journals. More than 400 were articles or letters in periodicals, but these included serialized versions of many of his longer works, including Sgéalaidheachta … Continue reading

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Gin gan Teimheal

I found PUL’s translation of the Roman Catholic Marian hymn “O Mother, I could weep for mirth!”, which I think is also known as “Immaculate, Immaculate”, in Gearóid Ó Nualláin’s autobiography, Beatha Dhuine a Thoil. I had never heard of … Continue reading

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Aesop a tháinig go hÉirinn

Gréagach dob ea Aesop. Rugadh é tímpall sé chéad bliain roimh Chríost. Daor dob ea é. Do mhair sé le línn Sólóin, an t-ollamh dlí ba mhó dá raibh ar Ghréagaibh. D’ínseadh sé na Fabhaill mar sholaoidí, chun cómhairle a … Continue reading

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Guilt, or self-righteousness?

For conservatives prepared to consider the proposition that there is some kind of fundamental distinction between Western culture and that of the other civilisations of the world, the distinction is sometimes seen in terms of morality. We are, according to … Continue reading

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the pronunciation of the autonomous

We know from The Irish of West Muskerry that Amhlaoibh Ó Loinsigh pronounced the present and future autonomous endings broad and the conditional and imperfect autonomous endings slender: glantar, buailtear: /glɑntər, buəlʹtər/ glanfar, buailfear: /glɑnfər, buəlʹfər/ glanfaí, buailfí: /glɑnfʹi:, buəlʹfʹi:/ … Continue reading

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As Gaelainn?

Ignoring completely the grammatically incorrect use of as Gaeilge in Standardised Irish (Gaeilge=Gaedhilge in the old script, the genitive of the noun, where the dative should stand), it is interesting to revisit the question of whether there is any difference … Continue reading

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