March 14, 2008 11:48am CST
those Irish curses are so funny, what do you think of this one? May he always be flying and straying naked through the world until death at spear-point takes him.My curse ever upon Sweeney and my blessing on Eorainn (Ro/na/n) what the heck does it mean? Do you have any favourite Irish curses?
• United States
14 Mar 08
I do have a favorite! I used to have it up at work...lol It goes: May those that love us, love us. And those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts. And if he can not turn their hearts, May he turn their ankles So we will know them by their limping. I don't know why, but that just strikes me as so funny. The one you quote is from "Buile Shuibhne," and is the tale of a legendary King of Ireland. You can find it online.
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
15 Mar 08
I'm not sure how traditional it is, but my great-grandmother used to use one I like. "May all that he loves be lost to him, and all that he hates cleave to him. May the darkness in his heart blind his eyes, and the fear in his spirit consume him. May no fires burn near him but burn his skin, and may no one touch him but with a knife." I only heard her say this about one person, but she would say it swiftly in Gaelic beneath her breath every time she passed him. She told him it was a blessing, but translated it for me after I asked her the meaning.