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The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'

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25.08.2019

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.

THE IRISH FOR rent is cíos, which sounds a bit like the English word kiss. Sadly for prospective tenants in Dublin at the moment, it’s a goodbye cíos as the city becomes more and more expensive to live in.

While in self-imposed exile in assorted, beautiful European cities, James Joyce remained haunted and enchanted by his hometown, a place that was hard to live in but distractingly beautiful in a rear-view mirror.

His musical ear noticed a small blur in the way his Parisian companions referred to his home – Dyoublong, sounding all too........

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