Irish Words Still Used Today

Garrafrauns, Co. Galway

Irish words still retained in the district used by those speaking English.

1. brabach:

He had “brabach” out of it.

She had a ciseán of eggs.

  1. meas:
    They had no “meas” on her.
  2. cíarán:
    Gather up the “cíaráns” (small turf
  3. builín: Bring a “builín” from the shop (loaf)
  4. A stór: A grádh, a chuid
    (terms of endearment)
  5. a mac, cailín:
    (like a good “mac” “colleen”)
  6. ciste:
    they have the “ciste” saved up.
  7. “gortach”
    She is very gortach ” (sparing)
  8. “óinseach”
    She is only an “óinseach”
  9. “amadán”
    He is the great “amadán”
  10. nois ár deirteá
    (When some interesting news is told
  11. “giobalach”
    She was very giobalach (ragged)

14, “teallach”
Sweep up the teallach

  1. “flaitheamhal” He is very “flaitheamhul”
  2. “caonach liath”
    There is “caonach liath” on it
    so long left up (mildew)
  3. cíaróg
    “kill that “cíaróg”

18 scadán
she bought some scadáns

19 spailpín
He is only a “spalpeen”

Collector: Nóra Bean Uí Choinnigh

Informant: Unknown

Place: Garrafrauns, Co. Galway

Footnote: Duchas,


This page was added on 13/05/2017.

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