IRISH GAELIC BABY NAMES : BIBLICAL BABY BOY NAMES AND MEANINGS
Irish Gaelic Baby Names
- The most popular given names vary nationally, regionally, and culturally. Lists of widely used given names can consist of those most often bestowed upon infants born within the last year, thus reflecting the current naming trends, or else be composed of the personal names occurring most within
Sengoidelc: Old Irish for Beginners (Irish Studies)
An introductory text to the Irish language as spoken around the eighth-century c.e., covering all aspects of the grammar in a clear and intuitive format.
David Stifter's Sengoidelc (SHAN-goy-delth) provides a comprehensive introduction to Old Irish grammar and metrics. Ideally suited for use as a course text and as a guide for the independent learner, this exhaustive handbook is also an invaluable reference work for students of Indo
-European philology and historical linguistics. The author’s step-by-step presentation in an engaging styles lead the novice through the idiosyncracies of the language, such as initial mutations and the do
uble inflection of verbs. Filled with translation exercises based on selections from Old Irish texts, the book provides a practical introduction to the language and its rich history. Sengoidelc opens the do
or to the fascinating world of Old Irish literature, famous not only for such gems as the Tain Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cuailgne) or lyrical nature poetry but also as a major source for the political and legal history of Ireland.
Staffa (Scottish Gaelic: Stafa,pronounced [s?t?afa]) from the Old Norse for stave or pillar island, is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The Vikings gave it this name as its columnar basalt reminded them of their
houses, which were built from vertically placed tree-logs.
Staffa lies about 10 kilometres (6 mi) west of the Isle of Mull. The area is 33 hectares and the highest point is 42 metres (135 ft) above sea level.
The island came to prominence in the late eighteenth century after a visit by Sir Joseph Banks. He and his fellow travellers extolled the natural beauty of the basalt columns in general and of the island's main sea cavern which Banks re-named 'Fingal's Cave'. Their visit was followed by that of many other prominent personalities throughout the next two centuries, including Queen Victoria and Felix Mendelssohn. The latter's Hebrides Overture brought further fame to the island, which was by then uninhabited. It is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
This is the Scottish end of the Giants Causeway...
Legend has it that the Irish warrior Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benando
nner. One version of the legend tells that Fionn fell asleep before he got to Scotland. When he did not arrive, the much larger Benando
nner crossed the bridge looking for him. To protect Fionn, his wife Oonagh laid a blanket over him so he could pretend that he was actually their baby
son. In a variation, Fionn fled after seeing Benando
nner's great bulk, and asked his wife to disguise him as the baby
. In both versions, when
Benandonner saw the size of the 'infant', he assumed the alleged father, Fionn, must be gigantic indeed. Therefore, Benandonner fled home in terror, ripping up the Causeway in case he was followed by Fionn.
Another variation is that Oonagh painted a rock shaped like a steak and gave it to Benandonner, whilst giving the baby
(Fionn) a normal steak. When Benandonner saw that the baby was able to eat it so easily, he ran away, tearing up the causeway.
The "causeway" legend corresponds with geological history in as much as there are similar basalt formations (a part of the same ancient lava flow) at the site of Fingal's Cave on the isle of Staffa in Scotland.
My new granddaughter Eimear Rose - awake!
Little Eimear Rose was actually awake for a while tonight!
She had to be registered today and she became Eimear Rose Parr.
Eimear = Irish form of Eimhear, an Old Gaelic name, which might be from eimh (swift) or from eamhean (twin).
The name of the wife of the Irish mythological hero Cuchulainn is most frequently represented as Emer, although it is occasionally found as Eamhair in Scotland and pronounced 'ayve-er'
According to Irish legend, Emer was said to have possessed the six gifts of womanhood: beauty, voice, speech,
needlework, wisdom, and chastity.
There is no separate English form, but Emer seems the most popular in modern usage.
This simple and effective introduction to Irish Gaelic teaches everything one needs to speak, understand, read, and write in Irish Gaelic. This program assumes no background in the language, and it explains each new concept clearly with plenty of examples, making it ideal for beginners or anyone who wants a thorough review. Living Language Irish Gaelic includes:
·A course book and six audio CDs
·Two unique sets of recordings, one for use with the book, and a second for use anywhere to review and reinforce
·Natural dialogues, clear grammar notes, vocabulary building, and key expressions
·Plenty of practice, both written and recorded
·Notes on culture, cuisine, history, geography, and more
·Real life “discovery” activities and internet resources
·An extensive two-way glossary
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