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Seactain na Gaeilge March 16, 2009

Filed under: Irish language — Janet @ 11:14 am

Seactain na Gaeilge – a week (or 2) for celebrating all things Irish.  That’s this week in particular with celebrations surrounding Lá feile Padraig=St. Patrick’s Day.  My fluent Irish speaking friend came to the Market on Saturday and we of course exchanged greetings in Irish.  Then she proceeded to ask for a particular vegetable but she had to lapse into Bearla (English) to ask for purple sprouting broccoli.  As it turned out we didn’t have any although it’s not too early in the year to find it.    Looking in the online Irish dictionary, I find that broccoli=brocolí, purple=corcra, and sprouting – that’s more difficult – I must ask my Irish teacher.  Sprout as a verb=péac, another construction given is gob aníos, Brussels sprout=bachlóg Bhruiséile, bean sprouts=pónairi soighe.  As for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I think we’re going to the Dog Show!

Speaking of things in the garden, the sun was shining brightly on our rhubarb yesterday.  (rhubarb=biabhóg or rúbarb)


Latest reading:

miscellaneous-ian-106 This book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by a Swedish author Stieg Larsson, was so fascinating that I could hardly put it down.  It is the first of a trilogy.  Upon finishing it, I went out and bought The Girl Who Played with Fire, the 2nd one in the trilogy.  But just for a break before I start reading it, I’m reading Joanna Trollope’s Friday Nights.

Knitting report:

miscellaneous-ian-094 Strip 4 of my blanket project is finished so here we have strips 1-4, 4 more to go         note the orange cat in the background – that’s Charlie from next door, our cat Slinki’s friend.  Charlie is a curious cat and he often comes to visit.


2 Responses to “Seactain na Gaeilge”

  1. Freyalyn Says:

    Sounds like fun – I never thought of purple sprouting broccoli in Irish!!


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