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The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August

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This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.

Happy August Bank Holiday Weekend! The Irish for a bank holiday is lá saoire bainc.

While charity calendars will often stick shamrocks and tricolours on their March page, there is an argument to be made that August is the most Irish month of the year. There’s the All-Irelands (unless a replay of a semi-final is required, and sure that never happens), the Rose of Tralee, the Galway Races, and our national obsession with the Leaving Cert results and the points race.

In Irish, August is Lúnasa, named in honour of the ancient god Lú (sometimes spelled with a silent gh, Lúgh).........

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