On Do, 6.08.2009, 15:10, Dane Pestano wrote:
> Wow, 30 years, now that is interesting. So its `He was 20 years and 10
> more'. Wonder if there was any significance to the break or whether it was
> just to retain verse structure?
For all I know, "20 and 10" is a fairly typical way of saying "30" in Irish.
> I do wonder if
> the verses may be somewhat older than the narrative as I have noticed a
> few archaic or older Irish words within them
"Archaic" words alone are no indication of the age of a composition. The
poets learned archaic words as part of their professional education and
were well able to insert them wherever they needed them. Only old - and
correct - verbal forms can serve as good indicators of old age.