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Irish Song Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh
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John Coyle

Locale: NorCal
Irish Song Sadhbh Ni Bhruinneallaigh on 03/06/2012 09:55:11 MST Print View

This song is sung entirely in Irish, or Gaelic as Americans call it, by Liam O'Maonlai (William Manly.) Irish was the language used in Ireland for most of their recorded history until the 1500's or so when the English forced them to adopt English as their primary language. Irish is still taught in public schools in Ireland and is spoken fluently by 20% of the Irish population. It is a first language in some Irish counties. The title of this song, Sadhbh Ni Brhuinneallaigh, is a woman's name and the song is about a sea captain trying to convince a woman to marry him. They repeat the name in the chorus many times. I understand a little Irish through my Grandparents.