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Kevin R.I.
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« on: July 07, 2019, 03:00:35 PM »

This be an "offshoot" of this thread but my elderly Irish neighbor(in her 90`s) has great SAYINGS. Like when she and her late husband would go to a restaurant and there weren`t many people there"well....there wasen`t a sinner in the place". If she had to go shopping, it was ".....and don`t I have to go shopping?" the best one was "I haven`t seen that person in donkeys years"  ;D...I used that one on Mairead C. after a show a few years ago when I told her"I`ve been coming to shows for donkeys years"....she looked at me , quite startled and I said "I have an Irish neighbor"  ;D
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2019, 06:44:34 PM »

Great idea!

Here's another one:

Giorraíonn beirt bóthar (two people shorten the road)

It means company makes the time seem to pass more quickly and pleasantly on a long journey.
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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 05:08:14 AM »

Here`s another one....if it was for instance nine thirty, she`d say "it`s half nine" :D
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2019, 10:44:45 PM »

Céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes).

Pronounced (roughly) kayd MEE-luh FAHL-cheh

It's a common greeting or salute in Ireland.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2020, 08:03:44 PM »

Níl Sé'n Lá, meaning "seize the day."
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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2020, 02:32:11 PM »

An earlier post mentioned Céad míle fáilte.  Chloe used that phrase and slan abhaile in her song The Gathering. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2020, 10:56:18 AM »

Céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes).

Pronounced (roughly) kayd MEE-luh FAHL-cheh

It's a common greeting or salute in Ireland.

On the street/in casual conversation, you're more likely to hear Dia duit 'Hello' (literally 'God to you') and the response, Dia 's Muire duit  (literally 'God and Mary to you').

If you're addressing a group of people, it would be Dia daoibh since Irish has a separation between the singular and plural 'you' forms, like French's tu and vous.

Here's the IPA for Dia duit broken down by dialect region:
/dʲia dˠitʲ/ - Ulster (Gweedore) (very roughly approximated to jee-ah ditch)
/dʲiə ɣitʲ/ - Connacht (Connemara) & Munster (Dingle) (jee-uh ghwitch)
This is close as I can get without IPA since the /ɣ/ sound isn't really found in English.
(https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%C9%A3 This does a better job of explaining this sound than I can.)

NOTE: In the Connacht and Munster dialects, it is possible for it to be written as dhuit and dhaoibh due to the final letter before it being a vowel. I believe both duit and dhuit are accepted by the Official written standard, but it's been a while since I checked so don't quote me on that.

https://www.abair.tcd.ie/en/ is an Irish speech synthesizer (like the voices used on Google Translate) that was built by Trinity College Dublin. You can just input the Gaeilge, and it'll speak it for you in the selected dialect.

Even these greetings are very slowly being phased out by the younger crowds in favor of things like Haigh
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2021, 10:35:31 PM »

"We're sucking diesel now" is something one would say when things are going well as a result of ones own hard work rather than luck.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2021, 08:00:02 AM »

Does anybody know what Éabha said in Gaelic when she greeted the audience after Homeland in the Ancient Land concert special? I do know before The Parting Glass was performed that she said "deoch an doris" (a drink to the door), but I'd also like to know how she greeted the audience.
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2021, 10:59:49 AM »

Céad míle fáilte is used in Chloe's song, The Gathering.  She tries to teach the audience how to say it so we can sing along with the chorus of the song.
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