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Post February 21 2005, 10:09 AM
Paul Buttle
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Posts: 2
Does any think "Ourselves Alone" is a good translation of "Sinn Féin"? - is it a proper translation at all?

Indeed how would one say "Ourselves Alone" in Irish?

But a few days ago on BBC's Radio 4 a reporter specifically said Sinn Féin meant Ourselves Alone - we English (is Sasanach mise) a century ago now I think saw two words and demanded a two word translation - and that's what we got - that's my theory.

Cad é do thuairim?

Mise le meas,


Post February 21 2005, 10:18 AM
Scríbhneoir d'Éigean
Posts: 20550
Yes, that's just about what it means.
Sinn Féin -- Ourselves.


Post February 21 2005, 10:29 AM
Andúileach IGTF
Posts: 10981
It means "We Ourselves".

"Me féin" means "myself", not "myself alone".

"Sinn Féin", therefore is "we ourselves".

"Myself alone" would be "mise amháin".
"Tá an saol mór lán den fhilíocht ag an té dar dual a thuigbheáil agus ní thráfaidh an tobar go deo na ndeor."
Seosamh Mac Grianna, Mo Bhealach Féin

Post February 21 2005, 10:55 AM
Paul Buttle
New Arrival
Posts: 2
Ourselves Alone has an isolationist ring to it I think - damn everyone else.

We Ourselves - implies let's be ourselves - which doesn't imply let's shun everyone else - it doesn't have, I think, the belligerent connotation which Ourselves Alone has.

Indeed, maybe that translation was deliberately put on it to make the organisation sound disagreeable to the English public.

Much thanks for all the responses so far.

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