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24-10-2016, 20:39   #1
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Dubh linn and an carraig dubh

Just wondering if anyone can shed any light on the above. Blackrock is carraig dubh but Dublin comes from dubh linn. Was there a shift in Irish when nouns and adjectives were reversed?

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I don't know the grammatical details but using the compound wasn't a change, as far as I know, just a different way of expressing. Linn Dhubh could have been used, like it is in Cork for Black Pool.
Likewise with An Charraig Dhubh. There are words in use like 'dubhfhocal' for conundrum/riddle and dubhaois for great age.
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Blackrock Road in Cork has streetsign of Bóthar na Dúcharraige.

I think that there are certain verbs that can precede a noun as a prefix as opposed to following the noun. Some that come to mind include:
sean - seanfhocal; seanmhathair
saor - saotstát
príomh - príomhsráid
meán - meánscoil

As for why New York is Nua Eabhrac , I do not know......
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