you can take it that way if you want

28 June 2006

So y’all know what today marks dontcha?

Yup, that’s right, on the 28day of June in 1922[1] the Irish Civil war broke out as the Free State government ordered the shelling of the Four Courts.

I guess it is in my mind because of TWTSTB, and of course, because of that film I have come to the conclusion that English[2] people just cannot pronounce O’Donovan. So I want you all to practice, Oh Dun-uh-vun. Not Don as in a professor. That just aint wrong. dun, like he done his woman wrong. Got that? Good, it is quite important.

I’m returning to the issue of the World Cup, so switch off if you want ;)

Only eight left in it now. And Anne, I have a confession. I was cheering for Spain last night. Still you should be happy, cause France won. And played well too, which was nice. by the end of the match I could even believe they might beat Brazil. But that’s getting ahead of ourselves.

I think it may be a sign of age, but didn’t the Spanish team look like group of kids? That Torres fella is so young and dotey looking. Not cute mind. Just a dote. The first time I saw them play I said “they look 12” and okay, maybe I was exagerating a little, because one or two look 15 or 16, but overall. Young would be my impression of the Spanish.

Was at work, so didn’t watch the Ghana game. Poor Ghana. I didn’t have much hope that they’d beat Brazil, and I was right. But it would’ve been fun if they had.

I didn’t watch England play at the weekend, so maybe they’ve improved[3] I was watching the hurling. Munster final so it was. Cork and tip. Again, I picked the wrong team and supported Tip, although I’m a big fan of Sean Óg’s, and Diarmuid O’Sullivan’s. And Donal Óg Cusack’s. But still, I spent too many summers in Tipperary not to support them when they are playing. Unless of course they are up against Limerick.

We’ve gone all quiet again in work. The American’s have their history tours this week so thay aren’t around, although I did have to help one student with his spelling yesterday as he wondered about Slainte and Dia Dhuit. Still, three day working week next week. Which will be ever so nice. We have the 4th off to celebrate the Fourth of July[4] and as it is on a Tues, it seemed a bit silly to come back in on Mon, so I’ve taken the day off and will be in Sligo for a long weekend.

Mind you, I think that we should seriously consider introducing a three day weekend the whole year round. Anyone agree?


  1. what, you were thinking of 1914?
  2. maybe British people in general. I don’t know. Maybe everyone apart from Irish people
  3. yes, I heard about Beckham and the vomiting
  4. some sort of American holiday I’ve heard

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9 Responses

  1. Carl V. says:

    I'm all for a worldwide mandate for three day weekends. To be honest I'd even work 4 ten hour days to always have a three day weekend.

  2. Fence says:

    The campaign starts here Carl!

  3. anne says:

    You were not. Shame on you forever.
    Although, I think the Spaniards might have looked younger considering the French are teetering on the brink of old age. Still. Shame on you.

    Now. Oh Dun-uh-vun.

    And count me in for the 3-day weekend campaign. Even though, clearly, you do not deserve my support.

  4. Fence says:

    Sorry Anne. But I do think you've a good chance against Brazil. Not that I want to jinx you or anything.

  5. Alan says:

    Ah, I love catching people out on the Irish pronunciations. Aoife and Coimhe are always good ones. And we have a guy at work whose surname is O'Danachair which produces some wild and wonderful attempts.

  6. NineMoons says:

    Do you remember when you were in first year, Fence and you had those (German?) flatmates who had your name and how to pronouce it up on the wall with all the other hard words? Don't know what the problem was – Fence is easy to say! :-D

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  8. Fence says:

    Alan, Aoife is one that I always forget looks nothing like it is pronounced. It is quite common here, so you never really think about it. Grainne is another one

  9. NineMoons says:

    And Saoirse, Caoimhe, Sadhbh, Laoise, Meadhbh, Siobhán…

    I wish my name was Irish. But the translation isn't great and I do like my name. I just wish it was more traditional. Like your family names.

    What I really don't like is Anglicised Irish names, like Ashleen or Shawn.