By Donla ui Bhraonain
A suite of the preferred proverbs within the Irish language, chosen by way of the editor and observed through translations or equivalents in English, Spanish (by Carmen Rodriguez Alonso) and varnish (by Anna Paluch). This assortment, illustrated via Fintan Taite, has a common relevance and makes the wealth of Irish lore available to a multilingual public around the globe of every age and backgrounds.
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