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IRISH QUIRKS & ODDITIES

We are loving being in Ireland and getting used to the idiosyncracies of the Irish people. One of the first things we noticed is that many, many women wear thick yellow-brown foundation on their faces [artificial tan?]. The spoken word gives us much amusement too: "th" at the beginning of a word is prononced "t" eg. three sounds like tree, thatched sounds like tatched, Thursday is Tursday. Some of the Irish pronounciations still puzzle me: Aoeife = girls name pronounced Eefa, another girl's name is Caoimhe [pron Kweeva], Niamh pron Neev, Dun Loghaire pronounced Dun Leary, Roisin sounds like Roshin. I came across a Dr Aisling Ni Shuilleabhain [Ashling Ni Sullivaan, Irish for O'Sullivan]. Some quaint village names: Kill, Two Mile Borris, Nine Mile House.
"Now" is used for everything such as OK, well then, come here, stop it, etc. We haven't yet heard Irish [or Gaelic] spoken in the streets but they push it quite a lot on TV and all the streets and towns have their Gaelic names above the English ones. The Prime Minister is always referred to by his Irish title Taoiseach pronounced Teesherk. The police are called the Garda [or sometimes the Guards]. An Irish breakfast consists of egg, bacon, pork sausages, tomato, potato fritter, black pudding and white pudding. No-one has yet been able to tell me the difference between black and white pudding, other than that they are both made from blood!

Posted by davidsandi 13:28 Archived in Ireland

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