Autumnal Gaelic words to keep you warm

  

Autumnal Gaelic words to keep you warm

Now that the leaves have begun to turn brown and fall from the trees, and evening is coming earlier and earlier, it's clear that Summer has promptly packed her bags and departed, leaving us firmly in the Autumn season. We asked Darach Ó Seaghdha, the mastermind behind Motherfoclóir and @theirishfor, to help us ease into the season with some focail an fhómhair.

The Irish for September is 'Meán Fómhair', which translates literally as middle autumn.

The Irish for a conker is 'cnó capaill' (literally, a horse nut). A game of conkers would be 'cluiche cnónna capaill’.
 
Sméirín is the Irish for a blackberry. This is easy to remember because they leave a smear on your hands and lips when you eat them.
 
'Fómhar beag na ngéanna', literally the little autumn of the geese, is the equivalent expression in Irish to 'Indian Summer’.
 
Bileog is one of the Irish words for a leaf; bileog shúile is an eyepatch. Another word for leaf is duille, which also means eyelid.

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