This is just a little story from the County Kerry Gaeltacht, to keep you motivated in using the Irish language every day.
I went campervanning on the Dingle Peninsula, with a good friend. We parked up, quite late in the evening. We had plans to go to the local pub-turned-brewery, after cooking up some food.
Expectations can make or break your experience (perhaps it’s better not to have any?).
I expected the local pub, Tigh Bhric, to be a tourist spot. Walking in, there was a lovely gentle seisiún of traditional Irish music in the front of the bar. It seems to be a staple every Friday there.
At the bar, I heard a couple of people speaking Gaeilge already.
As the night went on, the locals got into their singing. There was a mix of Irish language and English language songs being sung out.
The main crowd at the bar were Irish speakers. I was delighted to hear this, and to see it wasn’t “only” tourists around.
The evening left a sweet spot for us. There is Gaeilge being spoken in Ireland. So now you have one less excuse for not using the Irish language EVERY day.