irish gaelic words

Ireland’s Exiled Children and Easter Rising 2016

2016 brings with it a special celebration and time of self-inspection for Ireland. It’s now 100 years since the 1916 East Rising, a pivotal event in forming what is now the Republic of Ireland. It’s an emotive subject, so I’m sure just having this blog post posted will lead to some strong replies.

The Gaeltacht Is Dead

…Long live the Gaeltacht. Considerably large parts of the map of Ireland are dedicated to “Gaeltacht” areas. The Gaeltacht areas are those parts of Ireland where it was deemed over the years that Irish Gaelic was the predominant community language in those areas.

Two Winter Irish Gaelic Phrases (Ep. 54)

As we head into a dark winter in Ireland, Eoin shares with you two relevant phrases to say in Irish Gaelic. He explains what each part of the phrase means. Discussion podcast about learning to speak Irish Gaelic (in English).

Trauma, and The Irish Language

Irish people are traumatised, distraught, and brought to tears at the thought of learning to speak the Irish language. That’s what some people in Ireland tell themselves. Read through Loren’s experience which he emailed us (with permission to post here, and updated to fix that Loren is a “he”!), and our reply below:

Digitized Irish Gaelic Writings

Dive into old Irish school manuscripts, and you’ll get an instant taster of older Ireland. The site dú (which means “heritage”) features tens of thousands of scanned pages of school copybooks, plus other content.

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland (Ep. 42)

Discussion podcast about learning to speak Irish Gaelic (in English). Irish-American author Brighid O’Sullivan shares with us her love for Ireland through eight things you didn’t know about Ireland.

Pronounce “arán” in Irish Gaelic

Lots of people struggle with how the Irish language is pronounced. Let’s take a short example, and break it down! Once you get familiar with the rules, other new words won’t look so strange.