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"Rinneadh an fomhuireán in Éirinn."

Translation:The submarine was made in Ireland.

March 2, 2015

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    Untrue that it was made here - it was invented by an Irishman, John Philip Holland from Liscannor in county Clare which is near the Cliffs of Moher but he was in the USA at the time.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mwasson

    It also seems like there are a lot of different vehicles you could call "the first submarine", depending upon what your criterion for a successful submarine is. But Holland/Ó Maolchalann is an important part of that story, having made the first commissioned submarines for both the US and the UK.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine#Mechanical_power


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjkuecker1965

    An fomhuireá buí? ;)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiarmuidOS

    I do believe the submarine was actually invented here. Go Ireland!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrahamMontrose

    Is there a connection between the modern 'fomhuireán' and the mythical Fomorians (who were considered a people from under the sea)?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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    Given that fobhríste is the Irish for "underpants", and muir is one of the words for "sea", the etymology of fomhuireán is fairly straightforward.

    It's likely that the "fo" in "fomorians" is the same prefix, but scholars don't think that the second part comes from muir.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SimonDunne2

    As well as the Titanic


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Troublesum1

    Well, it's a submarine NOW, but it wasn't built as one.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FionaOnDuoL

    "It was grand when it left here!"

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