An Irish welcome

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So today, in our second insight into all things Irish, let’s talk about the Irish greeting..

Céad Míle Fáilte

It’s traditionally historic, meaning, one hundred thousand welcomes. It’s often seen on signs used in organisations, and businesses, as a grand welcome. Rarely would you hear someone say it to you, but never say never.

Interestingly, when we put this up on a sign here in France, the locals ‘allegedly’ thought it meant we went bankrupt. Why would they think that? , Well, the Irish word Fáilte – with the accent over the á – (in Gaelic it’s called a fada – to mean make longer). And the french FAILLTE is similar meaning bankrupt with it’s extra ‘L’

So, it shows that a simple word can be close to another word in another language and mean a very different thing. But sure, we’re happy to have you all anyway, so Céad Míle Fáilte to you and we hope you will join us next weekend.

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