Bitesize Irish is from from Luimneach / Limerick, a city in the west of Ireland. We are your direct connection to practising the Irish language every day. Each of the team has Irish ‘running through our veins‘. Bitesize Irish is what you might call a micro-business. We’re personal. If you’re a member, you’ll get to know us by name.
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Dia dhuit! I started Bitesize Irish back in 2009 to give you a way to practice Irish every day. The idea started as daily emails, but I quickly realised that they would be no good without lots of audio. Since then, I have been developing ways of bringing the Irish language into your every day life.
I grew up in Inis (Ennis) in County Clare. The Irish language is my first language – it’s my family’s language. I attended primary and secondary schools in Irish. For a long time I was uneasy that my spoken Irish is “urban” Irish, not straight from the Gaeltacht. In more recent years I have come to fully appreciate what I speak: modern, alive, Irish. I love the vibrancy around the language, and I get ultimate satisfaction seeing others find a deeper part of themselves through the Irish language.
I found my grá (love) for Gaeilge when I visited the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area of Ireland) when I was thirteen years old. It changed my life! I’m so happy to be able to share this love with the Bitesize Irish community and help you find that grá too. I spent seven years in Australia and so I understand – both from my experience and through the people I met while I was there – how important the Irish language and culture is to people with Irish heritage who don’t live in the Emerald Isle.
I’m originally from Co. Westmeath but I’m living the dream in Connemara Co. Galway now, as I study to become a secondary school teacher. I love Irish grammar (but I’m not fanatical!) and have dabbled in Classical and Old Irish too. I’m a strong believer that learning a language is about communicating – as long as the person we are speaking with understands, then it doesn’t matter if we make mistakes!
Having been fortunate enough to having Irish as my primary home language and having had the opportunity to hear Irish all around me since I was a child, my goal is to help others make Irish their daily language, too. I, too, can understand the struggles of language learning as I am currently learning Russian and have dabbled in other European languages. For the past few years, I have been helping learners of all ages master the Irish language, both online and in a classroom setting. I received a Diploma in Applied Irish and Translation while studying in Carna, Connemara.
I was born in Galway but currently live in Tipperary. At Bitesize Irish, I help members understand the intricacies of the Irish language and offer opportunities to practice their conversational Irish, all with the goal of helping learners use Irish on a daily basis.
As well as the team members above, many of our original lessons were written by Audrey Nickel, in Santa Cruz, California. As an advanced adult learner with valuable perspectives on learning, her lessons came from a stance of empathy, not assuming any prior knowledge of the language.