The youngsters and organisers over at Coláiste Lurgan have been belting out the tunes, as we say in Ireland. This isn’t the first time we’ve highlighted them.
Below are some of our favourite videos. They will show you the energy that youngsters can have, all through the Irish language.
As they say themselves:
Coláiste Lurgan is an Independent Irish language summer school without any affiliation to other organisations or groups. Our aim is to help students fulfil their potential in becoming competent and confident Irish language speakers.
Five excellent pop videos in Irish (Gaelic)
More Background on Coláiste Lurgan
If you’re interested about the context of these videos, read on.
There’s a tradition in Ireland that goes back a few decades.
Every summer, teenagers in secondary school (that’s like high school), can go travel to the Gaeltacht areas. There are certain summer colleges that take place for usually three weeks.
At those colleges (or camps), the students take Irish language classes in the morning, and there’s an activity arranged every afternoon. It lets the students get immersed in the Irish language, and have some fun along the way.
The videos recorded above are Irish language translations of popular English language pop songs. Click through to the YouTube page from each video where you might get more information on lyrics.
The Irish Language’s Energy
Just by watching those videos above, you see how there’s energy in Ireland around the Irish language.
While it’s suffering in Gaeltacht areas generally (hear the podcast episode with Liam Ó Cuinneagáin), there’s a trend in the opposite direction for more events to be happening through the Irish language.
By learning to speak some of the Irish language, you get to be part of that energy. If you’re dreaming of visiting Ireland, what better way to tap into Ireland’s real and living culture than to speak some of the Irish language.