A summary of Irish role in history and literature of Australia, written prior to more recent research and publications in the area.
The battle of Trafalgar in 1805, in which Nelson defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet, was considered an astonishin
Around the Boree Log is more than a source of nostalgia for parlour poetry. It is also a source that provides an insight into the language of Irish Australia in the early twentieth century.
The poem begins with a recognition of the unbroken chain (slabhra) from the celtic Brigid to the abbess who built her own convent in Kildare, to a modern day Brigid taking care of her family, and through to the writer, the poet.
Recently he investigated a kind of mondegreen, but of a more sophisticated nature. Here are David’s musings on the macaronic song ‘Siúil a rúin’ and the ongoing puzzle of one of the line endings:
During a discussion of the letter Q, Tocsvig said that the word quaff possibly originated in the Irish language
Their literature, their games, their religion and certainly their language existed at a higher level than anything the locals had to offer.
Poems in Irish by Colin Ryan.
Much has been written about the decline of the Irish language in the last 400 years…In this short piece, I’ll argue that Irish English is also under threat.
Ceo Bruithne agus scéalta eile (Heat Haze and other stories) Book Review by Dymphna Lonergan Colin Ryan Ceo Bruithne agus scéalta eile. Cló Iar-Chonnacht 2019. 100 pp. ISBN: 978 1 7844 203 3 RRP: €10 A heat haze, according to Wikipedia, is ‘a shimmering of the air near the ground that distorts distant views’. ‘Ceo Bruithne’ is …