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Post July 08 2005, 1:52 AM
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what does roisin dubh mean in english? it's from a song,
the lyrics are like,

"say goodbye, sweet roisin dubh, say goodbye"

i know it's pronounced something like Rowsheen dove.

please help! i wanna know what i'm singing along to xD

Post July 08 2005, 1:56 AM
Scríbhneoir d'Éigean
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Róisín Dubh is literally "little dark rose."

In the song, it refers to a woman -- who, in turn, is a metaphor for Ireland.


Post July 08 2005, 2:30 AM
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Róisín is a quite common girls' name in Ireland. So you could also translate it as "dark Róisín" - but Abigeál's interpretation is more accurate, as Róisín Dubh is a personification of Ireland.

Other female Anglo-Irish representations of Ireland are "Cathleen ni Houlihan", the "Shan Van Vocht" and the "Orange Maid".
Last edited by Kwekubo on July 08 2005, 3:15 AM, edited 1 time in total.

Post July 08 2005, 2:38 AM
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Post July 08 2005, 4:34 AM
Laoch na nGael
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certainly, it's "To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dunh)" from the "Within a Mile of Home" album...."and so goodbye sweet roisin dubh, i say goodbye... :lach:
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Post July 08 2005, 5:01 AM
Scéalaí Mór
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Scotaigh wrote:certainly, it's "To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dunh)" from the "Within a Mile of Home" album...."and so goodbye sweet roisin dubh, i say goodbye... :lach:

Oh, well Clearly!!...


Post July 08 2005, 9:10 AM
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Search this forum. I found a cool poem written about Roisin Dubh and I posted it on another topic asking the same question. It's in Irish and English. I'll spare you all by not posting it again. I wasn't aware that it was a personification for Erin but that's is nice. And why not?

Oh and excuse the Irish-American. Heh. Kind of like Tex-Mex down here in Austin.

Have a great weekend, guys n' gals.


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