Another Clane sign has an 'as Gaelige' mistake

Council in the doghouse with Irish language enthusiast again

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress

Another Clane sign has an 'as Gaelige' mistake

The offending sign in Clane

ANOTHER Irish language sign is to be changed in Clane after the Kildare County Council found itself in the doghouse over the Irish grammar on a warning sign.

The Council said the signs referred to will be removed and the vinyl front will be replaced with the correct version.

The thrust of the campaign is "Any bag any Bin" and this is reflecting the fact that owners should bring a bag with them, clean up after their dog and bring the bag to the nearest bin (even if that involves bringing the bag home).

But Irish language enthusiast, and one time local election candidate, Seanan O’Coistin, complained that a new sign erected in Claonadh in both official languages of the state had errors in the Irish version.

He said this sign is beyond rectification and will need to be replaced. It was a complete waste of money and completely avoidable, he said.

Mr O’Coistin said the sign has "Aon mála, aon bosca bruscar" but it should be "Aon mhála, aon bhosca bruscair."

One of the features of the Irish language is that most words following the word "aon" has the letter H in it e.g. aon bhó amháin, aon fhear, aon chaoi, aon phluais etc.

The proper spelling of bin in Irish is bosca bruscair, not bosca bruscar.

This is the second successful complaint Mr O’Coistin has made about signs in the area.