Seeking an Irish name for a new Giraffe
The Wildlife Park at Fota Island outside Cork has a newborn giraffe that they need to name, and they have a tradition of giving their Giraffe's Irish names.
You can suggest a name on the Parks website.
You can read a little bit more about this story in today's Irish Times
A few ideas:
1. Smaragaid. (Emerald)
You might think "the Emerald Isle" is an Americanism (I did; Johnny Cash and all that). But I just googled it and it seems the first recorded appearance of the phrase is in a poem by Belfast-born doctor William Drennan (18th-19th century).
Re: "Smaragaid" a group of German horsebreeders have adopted the name Smaragaid Connemaras. Their comment: "Connemara Ponys kommen ursprünglich aus Irland, der smaragdgrünen Insel." i.e., "Connemara Ponies originate from Ireland, the Emerald Isle."
The baby giraffe's mother's name is Sapphire, so it's a natural choice.
2. Saoirse. (Freedom)
Here's Iarla Ó Lionáird singing a version of Seán Ó Riordáin's poem Saoirse (Paul Muldoon reads his English translation in between)
Here's the text of the original poem
Freedom, political or existential, could be a very timely theme with all the 2016 commemorations coming up.
3. Afric (From the TG4 series)
A dark horse maybe but the similarity to Africa is catchy.