The tables turn on Eoin (Ep. 8)


Mary Murphy takes the podcast chair this time, asking Eoin of Bitesize Irish Gaelic about how the site started.

What you’ll hear

  • How Bitesize Irish Gaelic got its name
  • Where Eoin grew up
  • The image of the Irish language in public – then and now

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11 thoughts on “The tables turn on Eoin (Ep. 8)”

  1. Nice to hear you again.
    Your bitesize podcast was one of the first places I visited and what started me on my quest to learn Irish. I live in a rural area in Iowa, USA, with no Irish personal history but a passion and love for the literature and music. I have been using books and emersion weekends, because otherwise I have no one to talk to and use my Irish.
    Thank you for you bitesize program!

  2. Another great interview. You are both really good at this.

    How the BiteSize lessons came about was really interesting. You are so right in the idea of learning in small pieces. When I am busy with other things & have not been going over my Irish as I should, I find that a short review will get me right back where I was. Then I can move on.

    The idea of Liam learning 3 languages at once is fascinating. My Grandchildren speak English & Turkish & go easily back & forth. Liam has a greater challenge.

    Looking forward to the next PodCast.

    1. Hi Ann, nice tip on doing a short review to get back into it! Nice to hear how your grandchildren speak English and Turkish interchangeably. Hope to hear from you again.

  3. I listened to this podcast late on Sunday afternoon and enjoyed it. The charm and enthusiasm in both speakers’ tone was delightful. The topic matter of pronunciation and grammar was given thoughtful flavor. Sure, and if possible, I’d like to hear more about this topic in a future podcast receive a larger development. So, before I sign off, I’ll let you know I’m giving myself larger room in me thinking to signing up. Thanks again for a delightful listening experience.


    1. Hi Robert, thanks for being part of the Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast.

      Are there any questions around grammar and pronunciation you would have in particular?

      By the way, if you’re talking about signing up to Bitesize Irish Gaelic easy online bitesize lessons, here’s the signup link:

  4. I just listened to Podcast 8, the first one I had listened to. I enjoyed hearing the origin of your web site. I look forward to hearing the other ones you have made. Thank you, Slan, Steven

  5. E贸in,

    Since your courses are available via the Internet using digital technology,
    based on binary code ( 0’s & 1’s ) and ‘bytes’ etc.: Would ‘byte size’ be ‘m茅id beart’ as Gaeilge ?

    Are there several ways of writing your name? E贸in Eoghan Eoinn Eoin Owen?

    Are they all pronounced the same?
    Which version would be most common in Ireland?


    1. Thanks for listening, go raibh maith agat. I think you might be on to something with “beart” for “byte”!

      From what I understand, there’s no need for an “贸” in my name, since “eo” already create the 贸 sound. These type of rules are covered in our pronunciation cheat sheets:

      They’re all pronounced the same. Most people in Ireland default for “Owen” when writing it, but there are many more “Eoin”s and “Eoghan”s (a different name, I believe) in Ireland.

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