Friday Cartoon: Supervalu Páirc

A topical one this week commenting on the GAA in Cork wanting to remove the name of Padraig Ó Caoimh from Páirc Uí Chaoimh and rename it… SuperValu Páirc.

It’s a classic case of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing, or in this case the Supervalu of nothing. Selling the naming rights is often an act of vandalism that lessens our heritage no matter how polished the doorknobs after (3Olympia anyone?). If ever there was an organisation that seemed to value its heritage it was the GAA, but even the names of its most esteemed figures seem to have a price tag after all.

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Two panel cartoon on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh SuperValu Páirc Controversy. First panel depicts a black and white caricature of Pádraig Ó Caoimh. In the second panel is the same figure of Pádraig Ó Caoimh, but a white plastic bag with the name of a supermarket chain has blown on to his face.

19 thoughts on “Friday Cartoon: Supervalu Páirc”

  1. @geoglyphentropy @faduda @art

    The Latin caballus is believed to have come from Gaulish, so it's not a safe assumption that capall came from Latin.

    But Irish has taken loads of words from Latin (and from Old Norse, and from Norman French). That's not really the issue here – "Páirc" isn't being "borrowed" in any meaningful sense in this situation.

  2. @faduda @art
    That's not the same thing. There needed to be an official decision on how best to deal with the Euro, and a decision not to "gaelicise" Euro and cent wasn't entirely unreasonable. And we didn't anglicise it with an "s" plural" either.

    De Bhaldraithe had "ceint", but I'm pretty sure it was pronounced with a soft "c" in the Gaeltacht.

    But I don't think there's any grassroots demand for "Páirc" in English, or English word order in Irish. "SuperValu Páirc" is just a commercial brand.

  3. @faduda @art

    This isn't really about the importation of words into Irish or English, though, it's a commercial proposal that makes no linguistic sense.

    If they think it's important to use "Páirc" rather than "Park", then it should be "Páirc Supervalu". If it's important that SuperValu come first, using English word order, then stick with "SuperValu Park.

    But you're right that if the GAA had opted for "Faiche" or "Gort" rather than "Páirc" years, the issue probably wouldn't have arisen.

  4. @art

    Beyond the disrespect to the history of the GAA, there's the (in my mind) even worse disrespect for the Irish language.

    In English you have "SuperValu Park", in Irish you have "Páirc SuperValu" –

    SuperValu Páirc is a frankenstein's monster, a grammatically English phrase that's dressed up with an Irish noun.

    We use Irish words all the time in in English, but when they are part of a noun phrase, we take the whole noun phrase from Irish, with Irish word order.


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