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erin murray (152.163.213.64 - 152.163.213.64)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 03:19 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

My parents recently bought a new beach house and on the garage is a huge sign that says "the good life" in Italian. My father being the supersticious type refuses to change the name of the house (because it is bad luck to change the name of a boat) thus it is bad luck to change the name of the house!!!
Anyway we would like to replace the Italian sign with the same saying in Gaelic.
Can anyone help me translate "the good life" into Gaelic or give me a suggestion as to a comparable Irish saying?
Thanks a million for your help

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Aonghus (159.134.63.131 - 159.134.63.131)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 04:43 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

An dea saol

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Briar Moss (64.24.98.93 - 64.24.98.93)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 07:18 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Little question, big possibilities...

Okay, I have a very stupid question, but here it goes: does anyone know if orchids can grow in Ireland? I'm not meaning in the wild or anything, I'm talking house plants.

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PAD (12.89.140.112 - 12.89.140.112)
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2003 - 08:17 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Briar Moss - I would imagine that, given the right conditions,, the possibility of orchids as house plants is the same the world over.

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Antóin (159.134.180.242 - 159.134.180.242)
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Aonghus, a chara, I don't like to be pedantic but I think that should be -
"An Dea-Shaol"
"Dea" is usually connected to the following word by "-" and lenites.

Erin, not by any means a typical house name in Ireland, but I think it's great - go for it!

Antóin

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Antóin (159.134.180.242 - 159.134.180.242)
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2003 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Briar Moss, Orchids grow in Ireland - both in the wild and as house plants. The wild orchids are amongst our most beautiful wild flowers but unfortunately have become rare in many districts due to modern farming methods. The Burren in Co. Clare, an area famous for its wildflowers has a wide variety of orchids in bloom in the spring and summer. The exotic tropical orchids used to have a reputation of being difficult to maintain even in heated indoor conditions but you will find many varieties now available in ordinary shopping centres. Our southwest coast has a mild damp climate where many semi-tropical plants thrive outdoors but I don't know if any exotic orchids flower there.

The Irish name for the most common of the native orchids, the "early purple orchid" is "an Magairlín Meidhreach." This translates literally as the merry little testicle or the drunken little testicle. The generic name for orchids in Irish comes from the word testicle and the English word also derives from a Greek word with the same meaning - because of a supposed similarity between the roots and an external part of the male anatomy. The roots were used to make an aphrodisiac. I wouldn't recommend it though as the plant is highly toxic.

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