Erin go Bragh!
To keep with our theme this week, I wanted to find an Irish word to add to our ever-growing dictionary. While I did find a few good options, I believe this traditional phrase would be a better addition than some random word I found on google. That phrase is Erin go Bragh. Erin go Bragh (er-?n-g?-'bro? or er-?n-go-'brä) is a common phrase that literally translates into “Ireland Forever.” That's the general English spelling. The traditional spelling (from what I can find) is Éirinn go brách or Éire go brách. It comes from the Irish Éireann, meaning Ireland, and go brách or go bráth, which literally means “till doomsday.” As you can probably tell, this phrase is a bit close to my heart since my name (Erynn) is a variation of Éireann. But, no matter how close to my heart it is, it will always be closer to those under the Irish Harp Flag. The harp flag was originally used by confederate Ireland in 1642. It was a plain gold harp on a green background for a while but was changed in the 1880s to include the “Maid of Erin”; the mythical harp-lady that we see today. That was also when the phrase “Erin go Bragh” was added underneath the harp, cementing that phrase into Ireland's culture forever. This iconic flag was used until sometime around 1923, which is when the modern tricolor flag was officially adopted. The harp flag is just one of several uses of Erin go Bragh, but I feel like it's the only one that fit with this week's theme. Some more uses might include:
"The parade was in full swing now. The streets were painted green, the beer was flowing freely, and "Erin go Bragh" was being shouted from every window.
It was a good day to be Irish."
"If my name is Erin, and Erin means Ireland, am I Ireland? Does the phrase "Erin go Bragh" mean that they will serve me forever?" Erin wondered aloud.
"Good luck with that, my dear. do you know how many people are named Erin in the world?" He friend John laughed.
Erin smirked at him. "No, but there can't be as many Erin's as there are Johns!"
As you can see, it's not teriibly difficult to add Erin go Bragh to your writings. And, now that we know a little about the phrase and how it's used, maybe you can add it to your St. Patrick's day celebrations! After all, aren't we all a little Irish on the inside?
To learn more, visit The Emerald Isle, Merriam-Webster, and The Daltai. To buy a flag of your own, check out US Flags. The photo came from here as well.