Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Éire go Brách - 3WW

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This week's words:

Dampen; Keep; Tremble

Wiki says: "Erin go Bragh is an anglicisation of the Irish phrase Éirinn go Brách in which Éirinn is the dative of Éire (meaning "Ireland"). In standard modern Irish the phrase is Éire go Brách. It is probable that the English version was taken from what was a "dative" context, such as Go bhfanad in Éirinn go brách ("May I stay in Ireland for ever") or Go bhfillead go hÉirinn go brách ("May go back to Ireland for ever")." There is also an alternative source cited claiming that some Irish dialects switch Éirinn for Éire in general grammatical usage (the dative for the nominative).

Erin go Bragh means Ireland Forever

Éire go Brách

I know that Dublin
is entirely too wet, 'twill
dampen your heart, why
stout's found all over.
I keep that in mind, tremble
that one day I might
travel Aer Lingus to old
Eire, on fire me boys
for the way it is,
for the way I'll be at home,
what I'm like away.

May 9, 2012 5:38 AM

And I'm not even much, I am English married to Dutch (maternal grandparents) and Scottish married to Irish (paternal grandparents). My birth surname is Teague and thus: Teague \te(a)-gue\ as a boy's name is pronounced teig. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Teague is "poet, philosopher". Imagine that. Actually, I guess I am as Irish as I am Dutch from my grandfathers, and English/Scottish from my grandmothers.

Here's an amusing recent article: "200 Reasons Not To Leave Dublin"


  1. Aw but as my grandmother always said one drop of Irish blood always bleeds through

  2. Dead good, I worked in Port Erin for six weeks in the Isle of Man when I was a teenager. For the record, Dublin is well worth a visit, I went last September. You're right about it being wet too, Guinness, Jamieson's and plenty of rain!!!


  3. I've always wanted to go to Ireland, and I did read this with a pretty good Irish accent. :)

  4. Sure an I want to hear the brogue again...

    Thanks for your kind words. May the wind be always at your back.

  5. Well, they will never run out of Guinness (how else can we Europeans cope with the crappy weather) whenever you're ready..failte..Jae


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