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 Post subject: Fhlairheas
PostPosted: Mon 18 Mar 2024 4:44 pm 
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Hi. I am stumped by this word - Fhlairheas.
It appears in a song sung by Clannad long ago, Gaoth Barra na dTonn.
So I am supposing it is a Donegal word, maybe. But I cannot find a translation for it anywhere, except Google translate, that gives 'abundance'.
Is anybody able to shed any light on this at all please.
The context is the following - I give the whole verse as taken from songsinirish.com

's gímse Pádraig agus Naomh Chonaill caol
Nach n-iarraim aon Fhlairheas i ndeireadh mo shaoil
Ach m'anam bheith seoladh fá'n duilliúr donn
Tá ag fás fa do chladaí a Gaoth Barra na d'Tonn

go raibh maith agat!
Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Fhlairheas
PostPosted: Mon 18 Mar 2024 5:09 pm 
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robinlew wrote:
Hi. I am stumped by this word - Fhlairheas.
It appears in a song sung by Clannad long ago, Gaoth Barra na dTonn.
So I am supposing it is a Donegal word, maybe. But I cannot find a translation for it anywhere, except Google translate, that gives 'abundance'.
Is anybody able to shed any light on this at all please.
The context is the following - I give the whole verse as taken from songsinirish.com

's gímse Pádraig agus Naomh Chonaill caol
Nach n-iarraim aon Fhlairheas i ndeireadh mo shaoil
Ach m'anam bheith seoladh fá'n duilliúr donn
Tá ag fás fa do chladaí a Gaoth Barra na d'Tonn

go raibh maith agat!
Rob


Well if it is fláirtheas with a t, then that would be a way of pronouncing foláirtheas, which would be an abstract noun formed from foláir.


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 Post subject: Re: Fhlairheas
PostPosted: Mon 18 Mar 2024 9:32 pm 
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'(aon) Fhlairheas' is a typo. It should be (aon) Fhlaitheas - '(any/no) Heaven'. According to the dictionaries it's only the plural of 'flaitheas' - 'na flaithis' - that means 'heaven', but I came across this, published in An Claideamh Soluis in 1914:


... Saoghal ana bhreagh is eadh an saoghal so. Dá mbeadh sé aon phioc níosa bhreaghtha is ar éigin a bheadh aon dúil ins na Flaitheasaibh ag cuid againn. Bheadh Flaitheas a bhfus againn agus ní bheimis ag cuardach ar chonus aon Fhlaitheas eile do bhaint amach.


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 Post subject: Re: Fhlairheas
PostPosted: Tue 19 Mar 2024 1:50 am 
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Errigal wrote:
'(aon) Fhlairheas' is a typo. It should be (aon) Fhlaitheas - '(any/no) Heaven'. According to the dictionaries it's only the plural of 'flaitheas' - 'na flaithis' - that means 'heaven', but I came across this, published in An Claideamh Soluis in 1914:


... Saoghal ana bhreagh is eadh an saoghal so. Dá mbeadh sé aon phioc níosa bhreaghtha is ar éigin a bheadh aon dúil ins na Flaitheasaibh ag cuid againn. Bheadh Flaitheas a bhfus againn agus ní bheimis ag cuardach ar chonus aon Fhlaitheas eile do bhaint amach.


Yes, of course it is flaitheas.
Flaitheas Dé is often found in the singular. Flaitheas also means "rule, dominion" as well as "heaven".


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