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The Daltaí Boards » Archive: 1999-2004 » 2003 (April-June) » 1999 » need a definition for the word "Keeriaght" « Previous Next »

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sean kennedy
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 - 03:05 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Hello

Can anyone help me with a definition of the word 'keeriaght'- this may be an anglicised pronunciation and spelling of an irish word which may relate to people dispossessed of their land- it was taken from a 19th century U.S publication of US history.

if you know could you please email me at sean.kennedy@transport.minister.nsw.gov.au

much appreciated
sean

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Máire Ní Ógáin (fwout.corel.ie - 194.106.141.209)
Posted on Wednesday, August 25, 1999 - 07:17 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

Could it be "Ciarraíoch" - person from Kerry (Ciarraí)? Pronounced Keeriach.

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Fiosrach
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 1999 - 12:16 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

I thought the same thing as Máire, but would you quote us the sentence where it is used? The conText might make a difference. Go raibh maith agat/thanks.

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Colm
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2000 - 05:03 am:   Small TextLarge TextEdit Post Print Post

I'd say it's more likely to be 'caora' (sheep) rather than 'Ciarraí' (Kerry), and that the word is therefore 'shepherding', but Fiosrach is right, the sentence would be a help. The dispossessed theme would seem to support this. Many Scottish people were forced off their land to make way for sheep

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