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Dear Bitesize: Practising Irish Gaelic in Dublin and the Origin of ‘Streelish’

Dear Bitesize: practising Irish Gaelic in Dublin and the origin of ‘streelish’

In today’s Dear Bitesize post, I’m bringing you the answers to a couple of questions that came in recently to Bitesize Irish Gaelic. One member inquired about practising Irish in Dublin and Patricia asked what streelish means.

Here we go:

I’m visiting Dublin this summer and I’d like to know where I could study and practice Irish.

Studying and practising Irish in Dublin

Attending Irish classes is such a great way to make the best of your time in Ireland. Here are some recommended Irish classes in Dublin.

When you’re not in the classroom, why not practice what you’ve learnt? You can order a pint in Irish Gaelic at The Gingerman on Fenian Street or brighten up a damp Irish summer day with uachtar reoite /ookh-tur oh-cha/ ice cream served in Irish at Murphy’s Ice Cream Parlour, 27 Wicklow Street.

Make sure you don’t eat too much uachtar reoite though as you may want to have dinner later on just a few door away at Cornucopia, a beautifully décored restaurant which staffs a few Gaeilgeoirí /Gayl-gyor-ee/ Irish speakers. Visit An Siopa Leabhar at 6 Harcourt Street to pick up a few books or souvenirs. This bookshop is in the same building as Conradh na Gaeilge .

Áras Chrónáin Irish cultural centre is the place to go to have a chat in Irish in a fun musical atmosphere. If clubbing is more of your thing, there’s Club Chonradh na Gaeilge in Dublin city centre. 

Also, watch out for any Pop Up Gaeltacht events being held during your visit. Follow on Facebook to find out about upcoming Pop Up Gaeltachts in Dublin and around the country.

If all else fails, Peig.ie is the site to go to for information on any upcoming Irish Gaelic events in Dublin or elsewhere.

What does streelish mean?

Now, on to our second question.

I’ve come across the word ‘streelish’ in a book I’m reading. Is this an Irish word?

Streelish, also spelt strealish, is an anglicisation of the Irish word straoilleach /streel-ukh/, a variation of sraoilleach /sreel-ukh/. It means ragged and unkempt. It’s often used, in both languages, when describing something that’s untidy, such as someone’s hair or clothes. I’m not aware of it being used to describe a messy room, however. The adjective was formed from the noun straoill or sraoill, the Irish word for an untidily or badly dressed person.

That’s it for today, folks. Thanks for reading!

If you’ve ever got any travel or language questions, don’t hesitate to email [email protected].

Le gach dea-ghuí (Best wishes)


5 thoughts on “Dear Bitesize: Practising Irish Gaelic in Dublin and the Origin of ‘Streelish’”

  1. I went to An Siopa Leabhar last Wednesday and bought some great books as well as the game of Scrabble as Gaeilge. I spoke in Irish to the shop clerk.

    Chuaigh mé go dtí An Siopa Leabhar Dé Céadaoin seo caite agus cheannaigh mé leabhair iontacha chomh maith le cluiche Scrabble as Gaeilge. Labhair mé i droch nGaeilge le cléireach an tsiopa chomh maith.

  2. Go cinnte ar fad! Ceapim go mbeidh ag féachaint faoi iad…

    My Irish isn’t great but I understood everything she said and will look out for more places with Irish. I was thinking the more we know of places and post them as such, the more we’ll be helping the Irish speaking community connect – even us newbies ☺

  3. I’m in Baile Átha Cliath tonight and just went to ‘The Celt’ on Talbot Street. The food and people were lovely and the pub is full of atmosphere, but the best thing was that when I asked if there were any Irish speakers she was one. All night she served me ‘as Gaeilge’ and showed me more Irish speakers. And I ordered my meal in Irish. I’ll be definately going back there ☺

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