“Go mbeidh an fórsa leat.”
Yep, it’s up there with Barack Obama’s “Is féidir linn” and Queen Elizabeth’s “A Úachtárain agus a chairde”.
Despite our own love-hate relationship with Irish, why is that we Irish can’t help feeling a stupid burst of pride when foreign VIPs flatter us in our native tongue?
The makers of Star Wars have taken out an advertisement in today’s Irish Examiner thanking the people of Crookhaven, Goleen, and the Brow Head peninsula in West Cork for their hospitality while the latest Star Wars movie was being filmed.
Lucasfilm say they have “been captivated by the landscape of the Wild Atlantic Way” and that it “provided a spectacular backdrop for our story” (cue champagne corks popping at Fáilte Ireland Towers).
“The tireless commitment of our Irish crew, the enthusiasm and support of all the people of West Cork have made our Irish adventure one we will always treasure,” they wrote.
“Go mbeidh an fórsa leat! — May the force be with you!”
Cue t-shirt makers going into overdrive for the summer’s must-have slogan.
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