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Rich(bodhránai gan ciall) New Songs for 9-11-2001 (109* d) RE: New Songs for 9-11-01 14 Sep 01

This is actually a story I wrote for homework in Irish Class. My teacher assigned this before last week before the tragedy occurred, but it took a real turn when I finally put it on paper on Wednesday. Translation below.

Mo Lá Saoire Foirfe

Nuair a thug tú an tasc seo a scríobh duinn, cheap mé faoí chuairt a thug mé ar Chicago le cultúir difríoch ansin. Cheap mé faoin fhéile pobail i bPittsburgh le rinceoirí, bia, ceol agus ealaín ó moran naisiúntachta. Ba mhaith liom dul go féile pobail an-mhór le ceoltoirí as gach naisiún ag seinm le chéile. Bhéadh moran teanganna ansin ach thuigfimis na miongháireacha ar a chéile! Bhéadh an fhéile ag áit éigin le aimsir bog ach d'eireodh sé fuar go leor san oiche mar sin bheadh tine ag teastáil uainn. D'inseoimis scealta timpeall an tine agus chodloimis faoi na realtaí. Ar maidin, snamhaimis i lochanna chomh geal le criostal. D'itheoimis bricfeasta le chéile agus téadh gach duine go gniomhartha difríocha. Ritheadh deich urlair le banna cheoil tar eis banna cheoil eile agus mhuineadh muid faoina gcultúir agus ba mhían linn foghlaim!

Ach tháinig an Mháirt seo agus chuir an lá i gcuimhne dom de ar acmhain le aghaidh fuath. Níor fhéidir linnse an fhéile seo a dhéanadh. Anois, ba mo lá saoirse foirfe an Luan seo!

Risteard Rayburg

My perfect holiday

When you gave us this assignment to write, I thought of a visit I paid to Chicago with it many cultures together. And I thought about the folk festival in Pittsburgh with Dancers, food, music and art from many nationalities.
I would like to go to a folk festival with musicians from every nation playing together. their would be many languages, but we would understand the smiles on each other. It would be at a place with mild weather, but it would get cold enough at night, that we would need a fire. We would tell stories around the fire and sleep under the stars. In the morning we would swim in crystal lakes. We'd eat breakfast together and then everyone would go to different activities. Ten stages would run with band after band. We would teach about our cultures and we would want to learn.

But then this Tuesday came and the day reminded me of our capacity for hatred. It would not be posible for us to such a festival. So now, my perfect holiday would be this Monday.

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