Gaeilgeoir wrote:Méabh wrote:it's poetic and not common speech
but it just occurred to me: "roimh ré"
does that refer to the moon in some way?
Interesting...So, before and after the show Ros na Rún when they show the guy's arm w/ the tattoo Foras na Gaeilge, the part on the screen where it says "Ré nua don Theanga" is 'poetic'?? Are you sure, Lynn?
ré = era
Ré nua don teanga = A new era for the language. It was the slogan Foras na Gaeilge used as the body was being set up, and they still use it sometimes, eg on those stingers for Ros na Rún.
roimh ré = a while ago, lit. before a period.
The moon reference is indeed quite poetic. It's not the most common meaning, despite Ó Dónaill.