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The importance of the mighty bull

10 October 2020

Why does the Irish word 'tarbh' indicate strength in compound words? Find out in today's episode of Spreading the Words, a new podcast by the authors of 'A history of Ireland in 100 words'.

In early Ireland, many activities – including shaving and baking – were not permitted on a Sunday; but you could still bring a bull to a cow. This episode explores the importance of the mighty bull. 

Episode 8: Tarbh (Bull). Listen to the podcast here.

Spreading the Words is a new series by MoLi on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life. The episodes are written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, authors of A History of Ireland in 100 Words, and produced in association with the book and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language. Read by Andrea Palandri.

Listen to the full series here

 

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