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Monday Night Irish Class, March 24, 2014
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Rang Gaeilge, 24ú lá Mí na Márta 2014

Maidhc Dainín Ó Sé #6 — A Road Trip to the South

American Roads
Maidhc Dainín finally earns enough time for a vacation, and he and his friend Frank (who works long hours in construction) decide to take a road trip, to see a bit of America. They have some connections in the South from co-workers, but a lot of their trip is more or less on a whim. As such, they decide to head for St. Louis first, and this first paragraph is just an amusing aside.

Ba mhór an difríocht a bhí idir an mbóthar go rabhamair ag taisteal agus an bóthar ó Dhaingean go Trá Lí. É chomh díreach le riail faid do radhairce agus ar gach taobh dínn páirceanna móra cruithneachtan agus arbhair. Ní raibh cnoc ná maolchnoc le feiscint ach talamh méith mín agus ba dhóigh leat gurbh amhlaidh a bhí sé leibhéalta ag meaisín mór éigin.

Ba mhór an difríocht a bhí idir an mbóthar go rabhamair ag taisteal There was a big difference between the road we were travelling on
É chomh díreach le riail faid do radhairce agus ar gach taobh dínn páirceanna móra cruithneachtan agus arbhair. As far as could be seen like a rule that there were fields of wheat and corn on each side
Ní raibh cnoc ná maolchnoc le feiscint ach talamh méith mín There was not a hill or knoll visible, only fine fertile land
ba dhóigh leat gurbh amhlaidh a bhí sé leibhéalta ag meaisín mór éigin. You would think that it was leveled by some big machine.
In the Pub
As it turns out, later in their trip they will end up in rural areas where they decide the roads are much worse than they are in Ireland.

At any rate, early on in their trip they end up at a sort of B&B near Memphis, one that has a pub attached to it. After a hearty meal, they head over to the pub and hang out with the locals, and learn something of their views and customs, particularly their feelings toward black people.

Warning: some of this story is a bit grim. After you've figured it out, though, it is worth some reflection on the notion that for many a year, high-school students in Ireland would be reading this depiction of America in preparation for the ardteist.
  • Dheineamair néal codlata tar éis an bhéile agus chuamair isteach sa tábhairne a bhain leis an lóistín ansin. Ní raibh ach seisear suite ag an mbeár. Cuma dheas ghlan air, urlár adhmaid agus cuma pub tuaithe air. Chuireamair comhrá ar chúpla duine de mhuintir na háite a bhí suite le hais linn. Ba é mo thuairim tar éis tamall a thabhairt ag caint leo ná gur daoine macánta cneasta ab ea iad gan puinn de mhaoin an tsaoil acu. Rud amháin nár thaitin liom mar gheall orthu, áfach, is é sin gur léiríodar go raibh an ghráin dhearg acu ar an gcine ghorm. Faoi mar a dheineas go minic cheana thosnaíos ag ceistiú agus ag fiafraí des na daoine a bhí sa bheár an raibh cothrom na féinne á thabhairt acu dos na daoine dubha.

    Dheineamair néal codlata tar éis an bhéile agus chuamair isteach sa tábhairne a bhain leis an lóistín ansin. We took a nap after the meal and went back in the pub where we taken lodgings.
    Ní raibh ach seisear suite ag an mbeár.Only six people were sitting at the bar.
    Cuma dheas ghlan air, urlár adhmaid agus cuma pub tuaithe air. It seemed pleasingly clean, wooden floors and a rural pub look
    Chuireamair comhrá ar chúpla duine de mhuintir na háite a bhí suite le hais linn. We had a conversation with a couple of local people seated back of us
    Ba é mo thuairim tar éis tamall It was my opinion after a while
    macánta gentle, honest
    cneastahonest, sincere, decent
    puinnnot much
    maoinproperty, wealthf2
    saollife, timem1
    Rud amháin nár thaitin liom mar gheall orthu,one thing I did not like on their account
    áfachhowever
    is é sin gur léiríodar go raibh an ghráin dhearg acu ar an gcine ghorm. they made clear they had a red hatred for the black race
    Faoi mar a dheineas go minic cheana thosnaíos ag ceistiú agus ag fiafraí des na daoine a bhí sa bheár As I was often already questioning and asking the people that were in the bar
    an raibh cothrom na féinne á thabhairt acu dos na daoine dubhawhether the black people being given a fair deal
  • 'O tá,' arsa fear amháin, agus gáire magúil ar a aghaidh. 'Nuair a thaistealaíonn siad ar an mbus cuirimid na hainmhithe sin ar fad siar go dtí deireadh.'

    gáire magúil ar a aghaidhmocking smile on his face
    Nuair a thaistealaíonn siad ar an mbus cuirimid na hainmhithe sin ar fad siar go dtí deireadh. When they travel by bus we put all the animals in the back until the end
  • Thosnaíos á gceistiú ansin mar gheall ar nósa mhuintir na háite agus mar gheall ar cárbh as a shíolraíodar. Bhí cuid mhaith Éireannach ina measc, a dúradar, daoine a bhí ag obair ar na bóithre iarainn fadó agus a chuir fúthu sa cheantar agus go raibh a sliocht ann anois. Bhí sin le tuiscint go maith as na sloinnte a bhí ar chuid acu. Siar san oíche bhí slua deas bailithe isteach sa tábhairne agus canúint láidir na hillbillies le cloisint ar gach taobh dínn. Mura mbeadh an taithí a bhí agam bheith ag éisteacht leo i Sears Roebuck ní bheadh aon tuiscint agam orthu, a déarfainn, mar bhí focail áirithe acu nár scríobhadh in aon fhoclóir Béarla.

    Thosnaíos á gceistiú ansin mar gheall ar nósa mhuintir na háite Then I started questioning about the customs of the local people
    cárbh = cá what
    síolraighbreed, propagate
    dúradarthey said
    daoine a bhí ag obair ar na bóithre iarainn fadópeople who had worked on the railways in the past
    a chuir fúthu sa cheantar agus go raibh a sliocht ann anois. who had settled in the area and their descendants were there now
    Bhí sin le tuiscint go maith as na sloinnte a bhí ar chuid acu.That was well understood from the surnames they had
    Siar san oíche bhí slua deas bailithe isteach sa tábhairne Back at night there was a nice crowd gathered in the pub
    canúint láidir na hillbillies le cloisint ar gach taobh dínn.and a strong hillbilly accent heard all around us
    Mura mbeadh an taithí a bhí agam bheith ag éisteacht leo i Sears Roebuck ní bheadh aon tuiscint agam orthu, a déarfainn, Without the experience of listening to them at Sears Roebuck I would not have understood them, I would say[p hab]
    mar bhí focail áirithe acu nár scríobhadh in aon fhoclóir Béarla. As certain words were not not written down in any English dictionary
  • Do shuigh stumpa mór téagartha síos inár n-aice. Hata mór air agus réilthín airgid ar a léine agus gunna ag sileadh lena chliathán.

    'Hello, Sam,' ar sé leis an bhfear a bhí suite ar an dtaobh eile dhe

    .
    'Hello, Sheriff,' arsa an fear eile.

    Do shuigh stumpa mór téagartha síos inár n-aice.A large robust stump sat down next to us
    hata mór air agus réilthín airgid ar a léine he had a big hat and a silver star on his shirt
    gunna ag sileadh lena chliathán.gun hanging at his side
  • Níor chuir sé aon rud i gcuimhne dhom ach rud éigin a chonac sna seanaphictiúirí cowboy. Chuir fear an tí gloine os a chomhair agus líon suas í d'fhuiscí. Rug sé ar an ngloine agus chaith sé siar d'aon iarracht amháin í fiú gan scaimh a chur air féin. Ba dhóigh leat go raibh scaireanna aige sa tig tábhairne mar nár dhein sé aon iarracht íoc as aon deoch a bhí sé ag ól.

    Níor chuir sé aon rud i gcuimhne dhom ach rud éigin a chonac sna seanaphictiúirí cowboy The one thing it reminded me of eas what I had seen in old cowboy pictures
    Chuir fear an tí gloine os a chomhair agus líon suas í d'fhuiscí. The barkeeper put a glass in front of him and filled it up with whiskey
    scaimhshavings, filings, snarlf2
    Rug sé ar an ngloine agus chaith sé siar d'aon iarracht amháin He took the glass and tossed it back in one try
    í fiú gan scaimh a chur air féin.without even showing his teeth
    Ba dhóigh leat go raibh scaireanna aige sa tig tábhairne You would think he had [owned] shares in the pub
    mar nár dhein sé aon iarracht íoc as aon deoch a bhí sé ag ól. as he did not make any attempt to pay for the drink he was drinking.
  • 'Ní baol go ndéanfar ruathar ar an áit seo,' arsa Frank agus mo dhuine á thabhairt faoi ndeara aige. De réir mar a bhí sé ag ól bhí sé ag fáil cainteach. Ar an méid den gcomhrá do thuigeas bhí raic éigin idir ógánaigh gheala agus ógánaigh ghorma in áit éigin i Memphis an lá roimhe sin. De réir dealraimh maraíodh garsún bocht hocht mbliana déag san eachtra, duine den gcine ghorm. Ní raibh aon fhocal maith ag an sirriam féin dos na niggers, mar a thug sé orthu. Ar an rialtas a bhí an chúis á chur aige mar gurb iad faoi ndeara an tranglam a bhí ann faoi láthair. Dúirt sé go rabhadar ag tabhairt airgid in aisce dos na daoine gorma agus iad fuar díomhaoin. Faoi cheann tamaill fuair an fear a bhí ina fhochair seans ar fhocal a chur isteach.

    Ní baol go ndéanfar ruathar ar an áit seoNo risk of being raided at this place
    De réir mar a bhí sé ag ól bhí sé ag fáil cainteachAs he was drinking he was getting talkative
    Ar an méid den gcomhrá do thuigeas bhí raic éigin idir ógánaigh gheala agus ógánaigh ghorma in áit éigin i Memphis an lá roimhe sin. Through the conversation I understood there was an uproar between while juveniles and black juveniles someplace in Memphis the day before
    De réiraccording to
    dealraimhappearances
    maraíodh garsún bocht hocht mbliana déag san eachtrapoor boy of eighteen was killed in the incident
    Ní raibh aon fhocal maith ag an sirriam féin dos na niggers, mar a thug sé orthu No good word was said by the Sheriff himself about the n___, as he called them
    Ar an rialtas a bhí an chúis á chur aige mar gurb iad faoi ndeara an tranglam a bhí ann faoi láthair. For him the government was the cause of the confusion at present
    Dúirt sé go rabhadar ag tabhairt airgid in aisce dos na daoine gormaHe said they were giving free money to the black people
    iad fuar díomhaointhey are [cold] idle
    Faoi cheann tamaill fuair an fear a bhí ina fhochair seans ar fhocal a chur isteach After a little bit the man put into words what was [put] inside him
  • 'Conas a dhéileálais leis an nigger a maraíodh ar maidin inné?' 'Cuireadh glaoch ar an oifig go raibh trioblóid anseo ó dheas uainn. D'imíos féin agus an deputy sa squad agus nuair a bhaineamair amach an chúlshráid ina raibh an troid ní raibh duine ná daonnaí le feiscint, ach corp ógánaigh ghoirm agus a bhéal faoi i lár na sráide. Bhuaileas mo bhróig faoina bholg agus d'iompaíos droim ar ais é. Bhí deich n-urchar ina chorp.'

    Conas a dhéileálais le ...?How did you deal with...?
    Cuireadh glaoch ar an oifig go raibh trioblóid anseo ó dheas uainnA call was made to the office that there was trouble here from south of us
    cúlshráidback street
    nuair a bhaineamair amach an chúlshráid ina raibh an troidwhen we reached the back street where the fight was
    ní raibh duine ná daonnaí le feiscintthere was no person or people to be seen
    a bhéal faoi i lár na sráideface down in the middle of the street.
    Bhuaileas mo bhróig faoina bholg I struck my shoes under his stomach
    iompaighturn, reverse, change over
    droimback, ridgem3
    Bhí deich n-urchar ina chorpThere were ten rounds in his body
  • 'Ná fuil sé de dhualgas oraibh scrúdú iarbháis a chur ar gach corp anois?' arsa an fear eile.

    Ná fuil ← Nach bhful
    dualgasobligation, dutym
  • 'O tá, agus dheineas. Dúrt leis an deputy a bhí i m'fhochair a leabhar nótaí a thógaint amach.

    i m'fhochairaccompanying me
    a leabhar nótaí a thógaint amachto take out his notebook
  • D'fhéachas síos ar an gcorp. Is é seo toradh an scrúdaithe. "An cás féinmharaithe is measa a chonac i mo chúig bliana fichead sa bhfórsa dom." '

    D'fhéachas síos ar an gcorpI looked down at the body
    Is é seo toradh an scrúdaithethis is the result of the examination
    An cás féinmharaithe is measa a chonac i mo chúig bliana fichead sa bhfórsa dom. The worst case of suicide I have seen in my 25 years on the force
  • Do chloisfeá an bheirt ag gáirí lasmuigh de dhoras.

    Do chloisfeá an bheirt ag gáirí lasmuigh de dhorasYou could hear the two laughing outside the door
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    ráillerail, railingm4
    réimserange
    iarranironm1
    gaolrelationship, relativem1
    duine muinteartharelation, relative
    SualainnnisSwedish

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