§ 218. We have already pointed out (§176) that all the consonants, when slender, have a y-sound after them. This y sound is particularly noticeable after the labials f, m, p, followed by eo, eoi, iu, iui.
|beo (b-yō), alive, live||faoir (f-yōr), the Nore|
|beoir (b-yōr), beer||fiu (f-yew), worthy|
|feoil (f-yōl), flesh, meat|
§ 219. This y sound is, of course, but a rapid pronunciation of the e of eo, or i of iu. In Munster, also, in words like fionn (fewN), fair-haired; beann (bae-ouN', b-youN), feall (fae-ouL', f-youL) we have an almost similar sound; and even in Connaught good speakers pronounce words like bean, woman, with a slight trace (bae-an') of the sound of e. Learners can, however, pronounced if (ban)
§ 220. Here we may introduce one of the words irregularly pronounced—beag, little. The g is, of course, broad, like g in begun., not like g in begin. In most parts of Ireland beag is pronounced (beG); in some places (b-yeG) or (b-yŭG).
as in English