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Sentence order (subjects and verbs/verbal phrases)

Here is the sentence:
"B’eigean a ghoil ag an seanteach aríst anuraidh agus na doirse agus na fhuineogaí a phéinteáil agus an áit uilig a ghlanadh."

Breaking it down:
1. B’eigean a ghoil ag an seanteach aríst anuraidh. The verb goes before "an seanteach"
2. na doirse agus na fhuineogaí a phéinteáil AND an áit uilig a ghlanadh. The verb goes after.

Is there a general rule I should know to for this structure? Or have I missed something more obvious.

Any help is appreciated. Go raibh maith agaibh!!

For learning: Gaelic (Irish)
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    In phrase 1, "an seanteach" is not the object of the verb, it's the object of the preposition "ag".
    In phrase 2 "na doirse agus na fuinneogaí [there should be no lenition]" are the objects of the verb "péinteáil" and "an áit uilig" is the object of the verb "glanadh".
    So the two phrases are not equivalent to each other. Generally in a non-finite clause the object precedes the verb, but a prepositional phrase can come after the verb.
    In case anyone is confused, in Standard Irish the sentence would be: "B'éigean a ghabháil chuig an seanteach arís anuraidh agus na doirse agus na fuinneoga a phéinteáil agus an áit uilig a ghlanadh."

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