Speaking Irish to Dublin taxi drivers (Podcast 13)

Robert Todd spent Christmas on the west coast of Ireland while the country got hit with a storm. Earlier in his trip, he spent time in Dublin, where he spoke the Irish language to cab drivers, bus drivers and others. This is your motivation to try out Irish when you’re visiting Ireland. It doesn’t matter if you’re only starting to learn – all you need is a few phrases.

Brandon Creek, Kerry, Ireland.
Robert at Brandon Creek, County Kerry, Ireland.
Brandon Point Irish coast
Robert at Brandon Point, on the Dingle peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.

What you’ll hear

  • Why it’s actually a good idea to first try out speaking Irish on people in Dublin rather than in the Gaeltacht areas
  • How Robert approached speaking Irish with people he met
  • His first impression of Ireland
  • Robert’s advice for you on making the most of visiting Ireland

Mentioned in the show

Conor Pass sunshine Ireland
The Conor Pass on the Dingle peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland.
Sunshine changing in County Kerry Ireland
The Atlantic coastline of County Kerry – the changing light keeps you mesmerized.

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8 thoughts on “Speaking Irish to Dublin taxi drivers (Podcast 13)”

  1. Dia Dhuit, Eoin!

    You know, Ireland just one of those remote countries (for me), years ago! Until I watched this movie which featured the beautiful, gray and cold Dingle peninsula. I was like, “Oh, my—this is one place I should go to one day!”

    Then, I’ve forgotten a bit about it until I came across this band, Kodaline.
    All I’ve noticed about their songs are the woooh’s and everything that reminds me of a bonfire, on a long night, at the heart of the forest.

    I want to see and hear and feel it all, first hand.

    And the language sounds so good I want to speak it, too.

  2. Walter R. Roark

    My family misgrated to U.S. from Ireland years ago and settled at first in Kentucky and later all of them migrated to Missouri, in the lake of the Ozark area. They were farm people and before the lake of the ozarks was begun they began a cheese making business that did very well for years. Another group migrated to the Branson, Missouri area and started a very successful apple orchard businesand a mountain near Bramson is named after the family, Roark Mountain. They left Ireland and I have been told that they migrated from a county in Ireland called Roark County. Can you tell me where this county is located in Ireland. Please send any information to my email address. Thank you for any information you can pass on to me and the family here in U.S. Walter R. Roark

    1. Dear Walter, thanks for taking the time to write in. Unfortunately there is no Roark County in Ireland. We have 32 counties on the island of Ireland, and that’s not one of them.

      I take is that Roark might be the same as the anglicized surname O’Rourke which you get in Ireland. The modern Irish version is Ó Ruairc, I believe.

      We’ll also email you.

  3. enjoyed this pod-cast but I get it on my laptop so I can’y give all 5 stars that I want to…thanks…go raibh maith agat..for taking the time to do these,tú a bhfuil meas! …is Eoin John in Gaelic? le meas…lottie

    1. Hi Lottie. Yup, Eoin is the Biblical version of John (it’s had other forms over the ages, I believe, but this is the modern spelling).

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