Hear about traveling to Ireland to speak the Irish language, with Liam Ó Cuinneagáin, founder of Oideas Gael. Liam and Eoin discuss the past, present and future of the Gaeltacht regions (where Irish Gaelic is spoken in some communities).
You’ll realize why it’s so important that you’re part of this movement to speak Ireland’s native language.
What you’ll hear
- What’s the future of the traditional Gaeltacht regions? It’s a negative prognosis. Imagine being an Irish speaker living there, and store workers refusing to speak any bit of Irish with you.
- At what point should you travel to Oideas Gael in Ireland to learn Irish Gaelic.
- Embrace a principle for language learning: don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
- Before traveling to Ireland, consider attending an immersion weekend within traveling distance. It will put you in touch with others who are on the same journey as you.
- Is the Connacht Irish dialect getting stronger because of TG4 being based there?
- There’s a fourth dialect emerging: the Dublin or Leinster dialect of Irish Gaelic
Also read about Audrey’s journey to Oideas Gael.
Mentioned in the show
- Oideas Gael
- Raidió Fáilte in Belfast
- Gleann Cholm Chille
- Colm Cille, or “dove of the church”
- Iona island off the coast of Scotland
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