"I like dark meat."
Translation:Is maith liom feoil dorcha.
It's one of those that can go either way. Because dorcha is an attributive adjective here, it's technically supposed to be lenited since the "dentals" rule doesn't apply to attributive adjectives (See: Special Cases). However, often in speech it won't be lenited anyway.
Well... on the other Irish materials I have, there is a distinction between "d" and "dh" in pronunciation.
In case you're interested, I believe the sound is described as a "voiced velar fricative" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiced_velar_fricative). The link has a list of languages where this sound occurs. I started learning a bit of Greek and Icelandic recently, and to my ears at least, the Irish "dh" sounds like the Greek "γ" and/or the Icelandic "g".
Thanks, scilling and galaxyrocker, for your answers! That helps. And it's especially good to know how the situation would be handled in normal speech: that it wouldn't be lenited. But then I won't be surprised to see it written lenited sometimes anyway. Would that be more formal and old-fashioned?
From galaxyrocker’s reply, it sounds as though using dorcha for dhorcha might be roughly analogous to using “who” for “whom” in English. (I don’t know if dhorcha in this case would represent formal/old-fashioned usage in Irish, since the NEID entry for “dark meat” uses lenition, and it’s the most current of the online dictionaries.)
Interesting. It never occurred to me that it would be considered in any other fashion to me, but I now realize that's likely my American showing. American poultry is generally genetically altered for mass, and the breast muscles are so overlarge as to be basically useless, so they don't get any blood circulation, and the meat ends up very very pale (white), whereas the other parts of the body that actually get used regularly have a darker hue due to greater blood circulation during the animal's life. I'd imagine that if most of your poultry came from more natural or game sources then this wouldn't be something with which you were familiar.