. To this day, we have a saying in Irish ‘Bhí togha gacha bí agus rogha gacha dí le fail ann’, The finest of every food and the choice(st) of every drink was to be had there. This is believed to originally date from bards of one to two thousand years ago. As a chieftain or king, one’s reputation had to be maintained, or enhanced and these ‘songs of praise’, so to speak, were pivotal in this regard.
I once astounded my mostly Australian-born family by using the phrase ‘put it on the long finger’ to suggest postponing something.
Three recent novels with Irish authors or Irish themes.
A statue and a book to tell the story of the girls who left Mayo in the Great Famine to come to Australia.
The year 2018 has been deemed Bliain na Gaeilge, (Irish Language Year).
J.M.Synge and Travel Writing will send its readers back to the work being discussed with renewed interest.
Urban Irish is a language with a distinctive past and, one would hope, a distinctive future.