I have recently moved to Ireland and would like to be able to pronounce place names in Irish and make some sense of them.
Thanks to the internet, you can hear most Irish place names being pronounced by a local in both Irish and English on the website logainm.ie.
There are many words that commonly appear in Irish place names. Here are a few. Click on the word to hear it.
Meaning: a high place
Anglicised : Ard
It usually means a place which is physically high but may also mean a place of high importance.
Anglicised: Ah, Ath
Meaning: town, home.
Anglicised: Bally, Balli
Meaning: church, churchyard.
Anglicised: Kill, Kil
It is often followed by a saint’s name.
Anglicised: Kyle, Kill
Meaning: stone, stone building
Meaning: meadow, pasture
Anglicised: Cloon, Clon, Cloyne
Anglicised: Drom, Drum
Meaning: temple, church
You can learn even more about Irish pronunciation by participating in Eoin’s course Crack Irish Gaelic Pronunciation on Udemy.
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