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Aon focal eile

English translation: not another word


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22:29 May 18, 2002
Gaelic to English translations [Non-PRO]
Gaelic term or phrase: Aon focal eile
its in a song
English translation:not another word
or any other word

- depends on context
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4 +1not another wordxxxAnneM
4one more wordaoidh
4supplementary infoxxxLia Fail



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not another word

or any other word

- depends on context

Local time: 10:52
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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agree  xxxLia Fail: Yes, negative if you see 'Ní' the negation somewhere, But literally, as it stands, any other word
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When Richie Kavanagh released his Travellin' Man album in 1995 he probably didn't realise the indelible mark he was about to make on the Irish psyche. That infamous album featured a track that played upon use of the Irish language titled "Aon Focal Eile". It took almost a year before the impact of the song on national radio caused Hazel Records to release it as a single. Within weeks the song was Ireland's number one and went on to become the best selling Irish record of the year. In the process it made Richie a household name. To be fair, Richie has continued doing what he does best - writing and performing quirky, anecdotal songs of rural Irish life. It's difficult to know whether to categorise Richie as a comedy artist or Country 'n' Irish. Not that it matters as he continues to sell albums in amazing quantities. His latest album is Richie at his finest - 14 tracks of humorous tales of Irish life, with a strong bias towards modes of transport as Richie casts his gaze on items as diverse as Anglia Deluxe cars, Zuki jeeps, Yellow Scooters and Nellie Bikes! His moving tribute to the racehorse Danoli joins the recent hit single The Mobile Phone. By far the song most likely to create a stir is what can best be described as the real follow up to the controversial hit Aon Focal Eile, namely Get Out Your Focal Leabhar. Once again Richie uses the Irish language as the basis of a song laden with words that have entirely different meanings in English from their meanings in their original Irish. If the record label decide to release this as a single, expect it to be another massive hit for the man from Mount Leinster. The Mobile Phone looks set to be another stunning success for the most unpretentious artist in Irish music, Richie Kavanagh.


Not knowing the song I can't say exactly what the play on words is but from the title alone, the word 'focal' sounds like the f*** expletive in English. The 'Get out Your Focal Leabhair' has the same play on words, meaning more or less 'Get out your f***ing book' or literally 'get out your word-book'

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one more word

aon = one focal = word eile = another
(i think you are listening to too much richie kavanagh ??)

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