Anam Cara (Gaelic for Soul Friend)

This is an exerpt from the very famous book by John O'Donoghue (Irish Author) called "Anam Cara, Spiritual Wisdon from the Celtic World".

For reference "Anam Cara" in Irish (as gaeilge) means "soul friend":

May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you.
May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them; may they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey.
May you never be isolated; but may you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.
Irish sounds so cool, yet bizarre! Last week there were a few girls from Ireland speaking Gaelic (?) I was staring at them with my mouth wide open! :huh:


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Yeah it sounds so wierd..But good...just really different.

The only Irish I speak is my Irish accent. It's sooooooo cool.

Say this in a dublin accent: ''Delighted and excited''

That can keep me amused for hours.
That's sounds like a speech disfunctionality more than an accent...
Sometimes Irish to me sounds borderline American. That explains the history though.
Bilge said:
What does a Dublin accent sound like???
Im not mad on the Dublin accent, the least obvious ones are the nicest i think. Half of them sound like post D4 idiots, the other half sound like complete scumbags lol

Nah not entirely true, there are a number of people in between who have nice, not so obvious DUB accents

Hmmm thats an interesting point Bilge, there are so many irish in America though. The irish have been emigrating there since before the famine. Over 50 million americans claim irish ancestry and heritage :)
They are the good ones, over 20 American Presidents had Irish grandparents!!!
Carmella said:
Bilge go and rent 'the snapper' or 'the van' !!!!!!

Thats where i learn all me feckin irish frommmm :D
I love the Snapper :p

Its so funny!!!

Heres how an Irish gentleman talks and whay it means in English:

Would you like to be buried with my people?
(Will you marry me?)

Hes so mean in live in your ear and rent the other one out as flats!
(He's stingy!)

Hes so cute he's herd mice at the crossroads!
(He's clever)

Il have to think of the rest tomorrow guys :p

Im afraid to go home, my brother bought a scorpion today :cry: :cry:


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Besides The Snapper, and the Van..Another great source for learning Irish: Father Ted.


Oh i love the Irish!!!!!!
*note to self: see Father Ted, the Van, the Snapper and pick up Irish slang!

Cead Mille Failte

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

- Traditional Gaelic Blessing -