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And I blame St. Patrick.<br><br>
Just under 2 weeks until the day we celebrate green beer.<br><br>
And (fingers crossed) just about that same amount of time until I hear whether I've been approved for my work permit.<br><br>
I've been missing the green isle a lot lately. So in honor of her (and of the upcoming holiday) I present some of my more favorite tunes/singers:<br><br>
Iarla O Lionaird (Irish language introduction)<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFUVn7884a4&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFUVn...eature=related</a><br><br>
Danu (My SO grew up with a few of these guys.)<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-MrUX03mWM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-MrUX03mWM</a><br><br>
Liam Ó Maonlaí singing Sí do mhamo í (traditional)<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goJ6vYJQU9w&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goJ6v...eature=related</a><br><br>
Same song, same singer with a rock twist<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maoASn4VV2w&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maoAS...eature=related</a><br><br>
My favorite traditional song, based on a poem by Patrick Kavanagh, written in 1946. Originally titled "Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away". Luke Kelly's version still stands as the best I've ever heard.<br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuafmLvoJow&feature=related" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euafm...eature=related</a>
 

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Like hell!<br><br><br>
I'll toast some stronger, browner stuff in your general direction. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Thanks HH.<br><br>
I'm <i>slowly</i> developing a taste for the stuff.<br><br>
I hear it gives you strength.<br><br><img alt="razz.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/razz.gif">
 

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do you want to come to my mum's for st. pat's? she'll swear at you in irish, if you ask nicely.<br><br>
and, you can listen to my brothers sing once they're both completely boozey.
 

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Awwwww....that's sweet.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Questions: how much Irish proficiency do either of your parents have? Were they both born over there or are they 1st generation?
 

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mum can only swear in irish (and say "bless you," "thanks," "cheers," and maybe another handful of words) - her mother never spoke irish in the house, save for profanities. and, mum has lived in the US pretty much all of her life - she didn't receive any schooling in ireland, so she wasn't exposed to any (of the now very prevalent) irish language courses. oddly enough, with her frenchy-indian father, she's more american indian than many of those who self-identify as american indian.<br><br>
she has no brogue. which i think stinks. i loved listening to my nana's family.<br><br>
my father is american, born and bred (his parents were 2nd generation) - he's only "ethnic" ('though he looks more classically irish than mum).
 

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Thanks.<br><br>
I'm doing some periphery work right now on the language...in regards to some e-learning stuff I may be working on for my new job. I've been enjoying reading up on the history of the language as well as its current status and predictions for its future.<br><br>
My SO was raised in a Gaeltacht, so is a fluent speaker, though it isn't spoken in his home. His views on the language tend to be a bit different from the average Irishman/woman.<br><br>
It seems, as is the case with most things, if you legislate something and make it compulsory it tends to lose favour.
 
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