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Irregular Genitive Singular.

mac, a son has genitive  mic
biaḋ, food, bíḋ
rian, a track, riain
srian, a bridle, sriain
Brian, Bernard, Brian Briain

Neaċ, a person; and éinne, aonne (or aonneaċ), anybody, are indeclinable.

65. Some nouns of this declension form their nominative plural by adding e.

aonaċ, a fair aonaiġ aontaiġe
doras, a door dorais doirse
éigeas, a learned man éigis éigse
aingeal, an angel aingil aingle
bóṫar, a road bóṫair bóiṫre
madraḋ or (madaḋ), a dog madraiḋ madraiḋe
slaḃraḋ, a chain slaḃraiḋ slaḃraiḋe
margaḋ, a market margaiḋ margaiḋe

66. The following nouns take a in nominative plural:—peann, a pen; seod, a jewel; slán, a surety; cneas, skin; meacan, a carrot or parsnip[W 1]; deor, a tear; caor, a berry[W 2]; smeur, a blackberry; uḃall, an apple (pl. uḃla); focal (pl. focail or focla); fiaċ,[1] a debt (fiaċ, pl. féiċ or féiġ, a raven); sgeul, news; and bruaċ, a brink.

67. The following take ta, in nom. pl.:—seol, a sail; ceol, music; neul, a cloud; sgeul, a story; cogaḋ,

  1. This word is usually used in the plural; as ní ḟuil aon ḟiaca orm, I am not in debt.
  1. DIL, Dinneen, and Ó Dónaill all suggest the usual plural is meacain, though DIL does cite one instance of mecna in Early Modern Irish.
  2. All dictionaries say that this is a second-declension feminine noun, not a first-declension masculine noun.