So what does ‘Oglach’ mean? In my experience IRA members use it, when they use Irish, to mean ‘Volunteer’, i.e. a rank and file member of the IRA.
But there are other meanings, as Focloir Gaelige-Bearia (O Donaill 1971) makes clear. Nonetheless the military essence dominates:
óglach, m. (gs. & npl. -aigh, gpl. ~). 1. Lit: (a) Young man. (b) (Young) warrior. 2. Lit: Attendant, servant; vassal. 3. Mil: Volunteer. Óglaigh na hÉireann, the Irish Volunteers. (Var: óglách, óglaoch)
The English-Irish dictionary (de Bhaidraithe) defines ‘Volunteer’ thus:
New English–Irish Dictionary has an entry for volunteer »
EXACT MATCHES IN ENGLISH—IRISH DICTIONARYvolunteer1, s. a Mil: Óglach m (deonach). b Deonach m.volunteer2 . 1 v.tr. Tairgim (seirbhís) de mo dheoin féin. Abs. Glacaim gnó, dualgas, orm féin. He volunteered information, thug sé eolas uaidh dá chonlán féin. 2 v.i. Mil: Liostálaim de mo dheoin féin.
And can we in the same spirit now all agree that if Martin McGuinness was being mendacious about his non-membership of the IRA, so also are all the others who do the same or worse, like those who insist they were never, ever in it?
You fail to see that PIRA and NIRA use ordinary ranks. At one UFF/UVF incident they lost a Brigadier, General, two Colonels, a Major and a Sgt. Rather bad luck old chap.
no they don’t, or at least the provos don’t….
Pingback: What Does ‘Oglach’ As In ‘Oglach Martin McGuinness’ Mean? | seftonblog
its almost impossible to relate in english the meaning of it, as its multi faceted, foreign soldiers in irish ranks are gallowglass even in irish side of things, chieftains hired them,l because an oglach serves in diff capacity, to the people, as many things, cou;ld be as healer,medic, engineer, civil or mil spec, martyr , fighter, what ever part the community in which he is oglach for, shame people still dont want to effort (getting on) but has to be remebering then acknowledgment before healing can take place, and english or shud say windsors will never do that, i say Windsor’s, because they are not even of saxon blood, english people are as much duped as the irish, china, india were oppressed and many attemps at wiping us from earth,history has been tried, peace and blessings to all who attempted fellowship on this post, cionn an bhais