Words we need here (1)

last week at the pub, I met JM, an elderly resident of Glencolmcille: master weaver, sheep farmer, dog trainer, fisherman.

His English to me is peppered with Irish, which like every language, reflects the external conditions in which it evolves.

He  used one single Irish word to describe “a rock that is hidden at high tide” , -builg.  I’m sure there are more Irish words to describe rock types on this wild and dangerous coast: detailed knowledge of these coastal  features would be critical for survival, just like  Iniuts having 50 words for snow.

Beyond general descriptions, many of the rocks round Port are individually named.


this one in Port bay is not a builg, but its definitely something

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