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COMPILED FROM THE BEST AUTHORITIES,
HENRY J. MONCK MASON,
PRINTED BY GOODWIN, Son & NETHERCOTT, 29, DENMARK-STREET.
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
The following compilation has long been withheld from the public, in the hope that some person more competent than myself would undertake the work ; but, disappointed in that expectation, and finding that no time should be lost in furnishing the Irish student, I hasten to put it forth.
Let it not be objected, that I am not acquainted with the Irish as a colloquial, but only as a written, language ; I allow it; but I have not advanced a single rule except upon the best admitted authorities; and have decided, in cases of doubt, upon the evidence of a majority of the most approved. I have compared Molloy's, Vallancey's, Neilson's, Halliday's, O'Brien's, and O'Reilly's grammars; and not neglected others.
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
I HAVE for a long time withheld the publishing of a second edition of this work, although it has been sought for by many, by the same reason which made me slow in editing the first. I knew also that it had been severely criticised, and I was unwilling to undertake a controversy. On reading, however, the very illiberal comment to which I allude, I only drew from it the greater confidence; and adopting some of its hints, for which I thank the author, I determined on a reprint. I must remind the public that I am not to be considered as an author, but only a compiler ; but I know that I would be an injudicious one, were I to give up the authorities upon which I have hitherto relied, to that of the very reprehensible comment which I have mentioned.
Name & Form.
Các It will appear in the sequel how the powers of the letters V, W, and Y, are expressed in Irish. C has always the pronunciation of K ; and X is expressed by cs, as &csodus, Exodus. Contractions in common use.
5 for gan. agus.
eadon. Ő un. 3 - gur. ċc. 4 ar.
& an. A
4 for apr.