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People will have different hopes and aspirations for the new year

HAPPY NEW YEAR: People attend a traditional bell-tolling ceremony for the New Year, at the Bosingak pavilion in Seoul, South Korea


Go mbeannaí Dia daoibh agus bhur gcéad míle fáilte isteach chuig the Bluffer’s Guide to Irish.

Well, my thousands of companions on the road to Irish, does 2018 feel any different to 2017?

Have you a tinneas póite - a hangover after seeing in An Bhliain úr - the new year on the Devil’s Buttermilk and jiving?

There is time today to wish your acquaintances bliain úr faoi mhaise duit - have a flourishing new year.

People will have different expectations from the next 365 days depending on their own circumstances.

Some people might want it simply to be saor ó phian - free from pain as many people live with illness or injury.

Others might want dídeán - shelter as the number of homeless people inexorably rises. 

Ba bhreá liom teach de mo chuid féin - I’d love my own house is a new year’s hope for many while others just need enough money to pay the rent.

Ba mhaith liom cuideachta - I’d like company is another wish for 2018. 

So many people are

lonely and can’t even bring themselves to say the words “tá mé uaigneach” - I am lonely that the problem is probably much worse than we can imagine.

People can feel isolated by their age, their class, their income, their shyness, blackheads, a stutter, education, weight or any God’s amount of other reasons that people think makes them unacceptable to others. 

And tromaíocht - bullying can also isolate people, especially young people.

Andúil is addiction and too many people cannot shake the habit of too much alcól - alcohol, drugaí - drugs and even cearrbhachas - gambling so let’s hope that some of them find the courage and the help to get over what is a terrible affliction and it affects much more than the addict himself or herself, whole families are tortured by addiction.

Of course, many things we suffer are just 21st Century problems like forgetting to record Strictly Come Dancing or not getting a signal because, OMG, you are out faoin tuath - in the countryside.

For others, things are slightly more complicated.

For people born in the “unlucky” part of the world things are a lot more a matter of life and death. 

Like the fear that a diúracán - a missile is going to fall on your roof; or your son might be shot will going to the shop’ or there is no uisce glan le hól - clean drinking water nearby or go ndéanfaí fuadach ar do iníonacha - that your daughters might be kidnapped.   

So everything is relative when looking at what 2018 has in store.

At least we can look forward (or not) to the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

On a personal note, perhaps we could see that we can do for others, to see things through other people’s eyes, to not judge people by anything other than by what Martin Luther King called “the content of their character.”  

And if we do that, 2018 might be a great year.

Athbhliain faoi mhaise do gach duine de léitheoirí an Bluffer! 



tinneas póite (chinyiss pawtcha) - a hangover 

An bhliain úr (un vleean oor) - the new year

bliain úr faoi mhaise duit (bleean oor fwee washa ditch) - may you have a flourishing new year

saor ó phian (see o feean) - free from pain

dídeán (jeejaan) - shelter 

Ba bhreá liom teach de mo chuid féin (ba vra lum chakh de maw khudge hane) - I’d love my own house

Ba mhaith liom cuideachta (ba why lum cudgeakhta) - I’d like company

tá mé uaigneach (taa may ooeenyakh) - I am lonely

tromaíocht (trumeeakht) - bullying

andúil (andooil) - addiction 

alcól (alcawl) - alcohol 

drugaí (drugee) - drugs

cearrbhachas (kyarawahiss) - gambling

faoin tuath (fween tooa) - in the countryside

diúracán (joorkhaan) - a missile 

uisce glan le hól (ishla le hawl) - clean drinking water

go ndéanfaí fuadach ar do iníonacha (gaw nyanfwee fooadakh er do neenyaha) - that your daughters might be kidnapped

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