I hope you won't mind helping me with pronunciation on this title. This is currently one of my favorite slow airs played on the pipes and I'd like to not butcher it too badly when I call it by name:
Port na bPúcaí
It's the last word that I'm unsure about. I was thinking that it might be (phonetically) "Port na Bookee" (as in blue key)?
You've got it pretty well there! Port (as in what you drink) nuh BOO-kee (where the "oo" is like in "book" or "look"...not as in "poo").
The main thing is to remember that the "na" is pronounced "nuh," not "naw." The most common mistake I hear non-Irish speakers make is over-broadening vowel sounds.
If you want to hear it said (albeit with a Gaoth Dobhair accent), you can plug it in here:http://www.abair.tcd.ie/index.php?page= ... s&lang=eng
It works better with individual words than with entire phrases.