As we have seen, ḃ and ṁ at the end of words are sounded as v, as láṁ (Lauv), the hand; naoṁ (Naev), a saint. When a termination is added to such words, the v sound remains, as láṁa (Lauv'- ă), hands; naoṁṫa (Naev/-hă), sanctified.
§ 284. But as a rule, ḃ and ṁ broad, anywhere except at the end of words, are sounded like w.
§ 285. This w sound unites with the previous vowel sound; thus, aḃ, aṁ are sounded like (ou) in our phonetic key; oḃ, oṁ, like (ō); uḃ, uṁ are like (oo); eaḃ, eaṁ like (ou).
aḃ, aṁ in Ulster = ō, in parts of Munster = oo.
|aḃainn||(ou'-in), a river|
|Dóṁnall||(dhōn'- ăL), Donal, Daniel|
|gaḃa||(gou- ă), a blacksmith|
|roṁat||(rō'-ăth), before thee|
|muilionn||(mwil'-iN), a mill|
|gaḃar||(gou'-ăr) a goat|
|leaḃar||(lou'-ăr), a book|
|uḃall||(oo'-ăL), an apple|
as in English