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 Post subject: Re: Oíche shamhna!
PostPosted: Tue 23 Oct 2012 8:46 pm 
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"Seán na gealaí"

Brid this is a really basic question but I haven't got my textbooks yet and my online dictionaries aren't giving it. 'Geal', bright , shining, etc. Why is it written geali ?
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na gealaí is the genitive of an ghealach "the moon". ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Oíche shamhna!
PostPosted: Tue 23 Oct 2012 9:49 pm 
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I'm the last person you should ask a grammar question

It's the genitive of gealach. Seán of the moon.

Oh thanks Brid and Brendan, I was chasing the wrong word,now it makes sense.
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 Post subject: Re: Oíche shamhna!
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Here's the blog post I mentioned.

http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog ... loween-on/

I included a link to this thread, but it suddenly dawned on me...can folks read threads here if they're not registered? (kind of like the old place...you could read, but not post?)

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 Post subject: Re: Oíche shamhna!
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Redwolf wrote:
Here's the blog post I mentioned.

http://www.bitesizeirishgaelic.com/blog ... loween-on/

I included a link to this thread, but it suddenly dawned on me...can folks read threads here if they're not registered? (kind of like the old place...you could read, but not post?)

Redwolf


Yes they can read them no problem they need register to reply tho.


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 Post subject: Re: Oíche shamhna!
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I'm posting to this Samhain thread to bring it up to the top again, since people may be interested, and I'll sticky it for a few days so that it stays readily visible.

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púca = ghost (We used to 'go on the púcaís' as kids - this is more commonly now called 'trick or treating' ie. begging at neighbours' doors!)


Just curious what's the difference between a 'púca' and a 'taibhse'? The dictionary only gives 'taibhse' as a translation for ghost but I see more people using the term 'púca'


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An Sionnach Glic wrote:
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púca = ghost (We used to 'go on the púcaís' as kids - this is more commonly now called 'trick or treating' ie. begging at neighbours' doors!)


Just curious what's the difference between a 'púca' and a 'taibhse'? The dictionary only gives 'taibhse' as a translation for ghost but I see more people using the term 'púca'


I could be wrong but my understanding of it is that "púca" is like a little demon or something like that, and "taibhse" is the ghost of real people who have lived.


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I could be wrong but my understanding of it is that "púca" is like a little demon or something like that, and "taibhse" is the ghost of real people who have lived.

That's always been my impression as well, and Bríd would know, since she lives in Conamara where the pucaí and taibhsí are still alive and well. :mrgreen:

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I could be wrong but my understanding of it is that "púca" is like a little demon or something like that, and "taibhse" is the ghost of real people who have lived.

That's always been my impression as well, and Bríd would know, since she lives in Conamara where the pucaí and taibhsí are still alive and well. :mrgreen:


Or, you know, dead and well...

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If you can find it, there's the story of 'The Tinker of Ballingarry and his Three Wishes' - it was collected by Jeremiah Curtin and published in 'Irish Folk Tales' by James Delargy. Unfortunately it's not (yet) available in Irish. To give you a clue of what I'm on about - his name was Jack.


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