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The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

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29.09.2019

THE ESTEEM IN which wolves were once held in Ireland is indicated by one of their names in Irish: mac tire, son of the country.

The value of natural predators to the ecosystem is better understood now, especially in the context of wider concern for the environment and ecology.

For example, the idea of reintroducing wolves to the Irish countryside once seemed ludicrous, but is actually gathering steam on the foot of successes in other countries.

The Irish language features multiple names for various furry predators and other cuddly mammals, some of whom are sadly not seen as often in their native habitat anymore.

Sionnach - Fox

There are a number of names for a fox in Irish, but this one is the most common. Madra rua is also popular, but then what would you call a red setter or other auburn........

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