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  • "Ná bídh ag caoineadh anois, ná bídh ag caoineadh (Don't cry, please don't cry)," he whispered in Gaelic, not knowing whether she would understand him or not.


  • In a fragment of a contemporary caoineadh, or lament, for him that has survived there are words of praise for the action of Michael Walsh.

    Lament for Staker Wallis

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  • This is in fact the verb 'to cry' from Gaelige (Irish national languauge). pronounced: Quee-nu (there are other pronunciations depending on what part of Ireland you are in).

    I believe there is an English variant "Keening", a form of vocal lament associated with mourning that is traditional in Scotland and Ireland.

    December 28, 2009

  • See keen. Thanks sionnach for the spelling!

    October 18, 2007