2018 is the official year of the Irish Language. Eoin O’Conchúir joins me on the podcast to talk about the Irish language in Ireland and how his course, Bitesize Irish Gaelic, helps people learn Irish.
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The Year of the Irish Language
(1:00) Bliain ne Gaeilge 2018
2018 is the 125th anniversary of the Irish language revival by the Gaelic League. More information at peig.ie/2018
(1:42) Eoin O’Conchúir of Bitesize Irish Gaelic
The Irish language has gone through many different steps, positive and negative, throughout its history.
Written Irish has been used for about 1500 years, but due to many invasions it was unlikely to have ever been the only language in Ireland.
Speaking Irish may have been an economic burden as speaking English would have offered more opportunity.
(7:14) Irish Language Productions & Podcasts
TG4 is the Irish language TV station in Ireland
DuoLingo app – available on iTunes and GooglePlay
(9:04) Gaeilge During and After Rebellions and The Troubles
The Irish language exists on its own, but the 1916 uprising seemed to be a tipping point toward taking back cultural identity.
The Irish language may ‘come with a lot of baggage’ but it’s a way to ‘tap into Irish-ness’. It’s a deep, personal experience to be able to express yourself, even a little bit, through a language.
(11:52) Bitesize Irish Gaelic
Bitesize.irish began in 2010
Bitesize Irish has so many options for learning Irish!
The Bitesize Irish course (with free trial account)
Learn Irish with Eoin– a one hour ‘crash course’ (via Amazon)
Bitesize Audio Program – 15 hours of audio lessons
(27:39) Recommended Destinations to hear Irish spoken
Carraroe, Connemara, County Galway – very popular with Irish-speaking visitors for culture and Irish schools
(30:04) How to Order a Pint of Guinness in Irish
pionta Guinness le do thoil – a pint of Guinness please
Substitute the name of your favorite beverage- Bulmers, Smithwicks, Beamish….
Belfast has strong pockets of Irish. Falls Road has signs in Irish and English. A few Belfast events and initiatives: Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Féile an Phobail (multiple festivals), Culturlann.
(40:34) Final Thoughts
Remember, you don’t need to wait for permission to use the Irish language. Even if it’s just a few words- please, thank you, or cheers!- use your a cúpla focal and it will make your trip to Ireland more enjoyable.