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Thread #17935   Message #175262
Posted By: Áine
08-Feb-00 - 07:16 PM
Thread Name: Help: Irish Group: Spailpin
Subject: RE: Help: IRISH GROUP: SPAILSPIN
Dear Ray,

The word 'spailpín' in Irish means a seasonal hired laborer or a migratory farm laborer. It can also be used derogatorily to mean 'a person of low degree'. The word 'fánach' in Irish means 'wandering' or 'vagrant'. The phrase 'An Spailpín Fánach' means 'The Migratory Laborer'.

-- Áine