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Old 22-01-2012, 09:28 PM
Míshásta Míshásta is offline
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Default Kinsale, Illiteracy Capital?

Kinsale prides itself as being a Heritage Town as well as Gourmet Capital of Ireland (or Gluttony capital as some would have it). It has won prestigous awards in the Tidy Towns competition and the European Entante Floral. Its community school has turned out the Young Scientist of the year on a few occasions. The town boasts an arts festival, a drama society and a historical society. Many of its inhabitants belong to the wealthy class. It attracts tourists from all over the world.

Yet how is it that the town and environs are polluted with so many misspelt public signs - some are not only misspelt, they are complete meaningless gibberish.

Do you think it's acceptable that 80% of public signage is either misspelt or meaningless?Hasn't anyone noticed or complained? Probably not, and here's why. All the stupid misspellings and gibberish words are in Irish. A sample of those daft signs can be seen here:

All over the town signs point in the direction of somewhere called "Dun Cathal". The educationally challenged designer of the sign probaly meant "Dún Chathail", but even that would not be correct. Charles Fort was named after King Charles II, known in Irish as Rí Séarlas II. In any case there is an old Irish name for the fort - Dún Rinn Chorráin.

One of the oldest parish Church's in the country is in Kinsale, the 13th century St. Multose, very well looked after by the local C. of I. community. Yet the local authority ahsn't been able to come up with the original Irish form of this local saint's name - "Eaglais Multose Naofa" is the nearest they can get.

The most amusing sign is probably for the Fíona Musaem. Guess who is the mysterious Fíona?

Those are only a few examples, nearly all the Irish language signs are incorrect.

Come on Kinsale people, what about it? Where's your pride? Does the title of Heritage Town have any real meaning?

(I hope I haven't made too many spelling mistakes myself)

Edit: As an exercise in absurdity, I have retranslated some of the signs from Irish to English:

"Welcome to Kins-ale's"

"Middle the town"

"Museum Wine's"

"Fart Call"

"Church of St. Somebody or other" (The Historical Society were on sick leave at the time of going to press)

I rest my case.

Uainn go léir anseo in #37 "Chetwynde Downs" - - - Slááán Tamall

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Old 22-01-2012, 09:38 PM
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Church's should read Churches

My own little bugbear.
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Old 22-01-2012, 09:42 PM
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X marks the spot.
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Old 22-01-2012, 09:48 PM
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I like that they translated "Garda" to "Gardai".
shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
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Old 22-01-2012, 10:31 PM
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I ate fish there once.
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Old 22-01-2012, 10:53 PM
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Who gives a shit about misspelt signs in Irish? They're only decorations anyway.
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Old 22-01-2012, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by janglinjack View Post
Who gives a shit about misspelt signs in Irish? They're only decorations anyway.

The tourists and locals alike will never notice or care - waste of money anyway - people go to Kinsale to enjoy themselves and not to get a Gaelic spelling lesson
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Old 22-01-2012, 11:29 PM
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What the fuck is wrong with people ........ who gives a shit............. if this was a tourist town in any other country in the world there would be uproar at such shoddy work.

Typical of Ireland any old shit will do .................... .................... ... and that is why we will always have shit services and shit government ................
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Old 22-01-2012, 11:38 PM
jack-your-body jack-your-body is offline
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This is a real life Spelling Policeman and Grammar Nazi yo....

as Gaeilge.
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Old 23-01-2012, 01:02 AM
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Totally and i mean totally overrated town.
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