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Seadna by Peadar Ua Laoghaire

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in Irish

PEIG: Bhí fear ann fadó agus is é ainm a bhí air ná Séadna.Gréasaí ab ea é. Bhí tigh beag deas cluthar aige ag bun cnoic, ar thaobh nafothana. Bhí cathaoir shúgáin aige do dhein sé féin dó féin, agus ba ghnáthleis suí inti um thráthnóna, nuair a bhíodh obair an lae críochnaithe, agusnuair a shuíodh sé inti bhíodh sé ar a shástacht. Bhí mealbhóg mine aige ar crochadhin aice na tine, agus anois agus arís chuireadh sé a lámh inti agus thógadh sélán a dhoirn den mhin, agus bhíodh sé á cogaint ar a shuaimhneas. Bhí crann úllag fás ar an dtaobh amuigh de dhoras aige, agus nuair a bhíodh tart air óbheith ag cogaint na mine, chuireadh sé lámh sa chrann san agus thógadh séceann des na húllaibh, agus d’itheadh sé é.

in English

PEIG: Once, long ago, there was a man called Séadna. He wasa cobbler. He had a nice, comfortable house at the bottom of a hill, on thesheltered side. He had made himself a súgán chair* and he usually spent the evenings,with the work of the day finished, sitting in his chair. And when he sat in hischair he was content. He had apouch of meal hanging by the fireside, and now and again he would put his handinto it and take a fistful, which he used to chew peacefully. There was anapple tree just outside his door, and whenever he became thirsty from chewingon the meal, he would put his hand in that tree and he would take an apple andhe would eat it.

*chair with rope woven back and seat