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In my case, my love of Irish music goes back to my grandfather, Robert Ramsay, who was convinced that Irish people were gifted and a bit magical. As a small child, I remember people coming to the house to sing these strange songs to him, and him often crying. This influence was continued by my mother who also has a great love for the music. In my early school years I would come home at lunchtime and she would stick a poker into the aerial socket of our old radio so that we could pick up Radio Eireann and listen to the ceilidh music. It was always there and we all sang Irish songs...then the Planxty Black Album was released and took every thing to a new level. That one piece of vinyl changed my life!

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Hi there Duncan,

unfortunately or thanks go, can be seen at either way, I am a german. I love irish music, cause it offers a relaxing mood. I Love to chill and have a good time after the daily work with some irish music, in my armchair, a good book and a cup of tea handy.

Sincerely, Daniel.F.

Hi Daniel,

thanks indeed for your prompt response. You are welcome to the family of Live Ireland. It is so fitting that the first reply to my topic should be a German guy, since the first song that I actually heard sung on Irish soil was by a German. That was many years ago but I remember it so well. It was in Galway, and he sang "I Know My Love" to great applause from the audience. The way you describe enjoying the music sounds good to better to relax than listening to the rich musical heritage of the Gael.

Slán águs Beánnacht,


Hiyas Duncan,

nice to mee you, funny too, thats you're inspiring some deep remembrances with mentioning "Galway". I think, beside a few others like Boyle, Banagher or even Drogheda is Galways for the rest of my life burned into my memory. Ist my most favorite town of all of them.

However, i want ... in fact, have to ask you for some favour. :) I am very sure, your words "Slán águs Beánnacht," are really nice ones. I did some research to get some german translation, but ... believe it or not, the entire internet failed on it. Sure, might be too, I haven't searched good enough. Would you please so kind to translate it, just for me? Thanks in advance, have a great left rest of the sunday,

Sincerely, Daniel F.

Hi Daniel,

Its great to hear from you again. I have a Kashmiri friend at work who was also fascinated by this wonderful Irish phrase. He checked it out on the web and found a great translation:-                         "Slán águs Beánnacht" means health and blessings. It is used as a farewell or goodbye to a friend or relative. It can often be heard at the end of radio shows in Ireland. It is just a very nice thing to say when parting with someone. Ireland has a great wealth of sayings and proverbs, many including the gaelic word slan, which means health. Slainte is the Irish version of Prost, or Cheers when having a drink.

I have not been in Galway for a long time, I am told that it has changed completely since I last visited. I live in Scotland, but my wife, Sheila, is Irish, and we have a home on Arranmore Island, Co Donegal. That is where we go every chance we can get, believe me, when you get to the island, you never want to leave. We do visit Sligo sometimes because we have family there,

Take care and enjoy your music,


Hi Duncan,

darn, I havent found it, seems, I better should have donated some TIP to aunt Google. However, thanks for the promptness of your reply, it has been enlighting and very helpful.

Take care, be well over there in the middle of Scotland, somehow I am a bit jealous ;) but believe, not too much, beecause Berlin is very enjoyable too, if you know, where to go.

Sincerely, Daniel F.


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