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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jun 2012 2:33 pm 
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The only real question is how? Altan does have a contact form on its website, and I actually used it once years ago (I had written to ask about some missing lyrics in the liner notes for "Cuach Mo Londubh Buí"...there's a verse they sing on the CD that isn't in the notes). I got a prompt reply from someone affiliated with the group saying he/she would ask Mairéad when she came back from on tour, but never heard back (I'm assuming that Altan gets tons and tons of fan emails, and this one got lost in the shuffle).

I had barely any Irish at that time, though. Maybe if I write this query in Irish, I'll have better luck!

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jun 2012 5:47 pm 
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Gabh go Gaoth Dobhair agus cuir ceist ar dhuine ineacht a bhfuil a t-uarán sin aige :mrgreen:
Tá 'n t-uarán sin ag deirfiúr Mhairéad, Anna, agus ó tharla nach bhfuil sí gomh cáiliúil lena deirfiúr, bheadh sé níos fusa bualadh léithe agus a' cheist a chur orthaí (bhail, níl 's agam an bhfuil sí 'na cónaí i nGaoth Dobhair go fóill).

Ach amannaí cha bhíonn 's ag na huaránaithe ciall achan fhocail ina n-uaráin, nuair is rudaí liteartha srl a bíos i gceist...

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Jun 2012 7:28 pm 
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Lughaidh wrote:
Gabh go Gaoth Dobhair agus cuir ceist ar dhuine ineacht a bhfuil a t-uarán sin aige :mrgreen:
Tá 'n t-uarán sin ag deirfiúr Mhairéad, Anna, agus ó tharla nach bhfuil sí gomh cáiliúil lena deirfiúr, bheadh sé níos fusa bualadh léithe agus a' cheist a chur orthaí (bhail, níl 's agam an bhfuil sí 'na cónaí i nGaoth Dobhair go fóill).



Lá éigin, le cúnamh Dé!

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Jun 2012 2:35 pm 
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Well, I just sent them a nice little note (probably very stilted sounding, but hopefully comprehensible!). I'll let you all know what I hear!

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Jun 2012 8:03 pm 
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Just to add to what was said before, one of the meanings of a hackle is a comb or a board with long metal teeth for dressing flax, hemp or jute, so the person whose job to use one is obviously enough a hackler. It made me immediately think of Hackler from Grousehall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dHupFqLvaw


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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2012 3:28 am 
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Redwolf wrote:
Well, I just sent them a nice little note (probably very stilted sounding, but hopefully comprehensible!). I'll let you all know what I hear!

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Never did hear back, I'm sorry to say. I have found versions of this song on-line, though, that have "faoileann," and given the usual translation of "fair maiden," I'm guessing that it's either the vocative or a variation thereof.

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2012 9:21 am 
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I've seen Faoilidhe in the old spelling as an adjective meaning generous. So maybe "Oh Generous faithful darling!".

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Jul 2012 2:02 pm 
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An Lon Dubh wrote:
I've seen Faoilidhe in the old spelling as an adjective meaning generous. So maybe "Oh Generous faithful darling!".


"Generous" doesn't really make sense in context, though. In the song, the singer is trying to persuade the girl to marry him (the piper) rather than the hackler, the weaver, or the tailor by telling her about the hardships she'll have with each of the others.

I'm also reading "dílis" as "beloved/dear" here rather than "faithful." "Oh, my darling dear, my fair maiden."

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