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Irish Storytelling Posted by on Jul 28, 2021

Haigh, a chairde! Recently I read a BBC article about the Aos Scéal Éireann, or Storytellers of Ireland, who gather in public spaces to tell anything from traditional Irish folk tales and mythology to historical events. This new generation of storytellers in Ireland are based on the seanchaí who were the original storytellers well before…

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An tEarrach – The spring Posted by on Mar 31, 2021

Dia daoibh! Conas atá sibh? Tá súil agam go bhfuil tú go maith! How are you all? I hope that you are well! For many of us, this March marks a full year since the pandemic has stopped life as we know it. This spring feels like a hopeful renewal like none other, especially as…

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Go raibh maith agat, a Alsandair! Posted by on Apr 6, 2017

Ní cuid den bhlag é féin é an nóta seo ach nóta buíochais chuig Alexander a dúirt “Thanks for explaining the usage of ‘Gaelach’ vs. ‘Éireannach’, Róislín!” (March 27 at 2:15pm).  Tá áthas orm gur thaitin an bhlagmhír sin leat!

Irish Numbers 1 – 20 with video Posted by on Nov 7, 2012

numbers image by Irargerich via flickr

We’ve put together this table of Irish numbers from 1 to 20 for all students just getting started in the Irish language. We’ve also included a video with voice pronunciation below.  One of the most important – and difficult – things a self-guided learner needs to do is practice speaking your target language out loud.  Do it anyway…

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Laethanta na Seachtaine, Laethanta Aimsir na Cásca Posted by on Apr 4, 2012

(le Róislín) Stretching from Céadaoin an Spiaire to Máirt Chásca, there are enough special days surrounding Easter to give a specific Irish name for each day of the week.  Since there are already several forms for each day, aside from Easter usage, let’s look at them grouped together in a chart.  That will enable us…

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Pronunciation Follow-up to the “Cúig Fhocal gan Mhaith” Series Posted by on Jan 17, 2012

(le Róislín) The last few blogs have dealt pretty intensely with meaning and slight differences among comhainmneacha (synonyms).  Here we’ll look at a much more down-to-earth aspect of some of the same words – how to say them.  We’ll look at a few of the longer and more complex ones (tláithíneacht, neamhghontacht, m. sh.) but…

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Ag Tarraingt ar Oíche Shamhna (Halloween’s Coming!) Posted by on Oct 15, 2011

(le Róislín) Halloween is, of course, a very Celtic topic, and you may be familiar with some of the basics of its role sa bhféilire Ceilteach.  So in today’s blog, we’ll mostly focus on the phrase itself, its pronunciation and basic meaning. The word order of the Irish phrase is a reversal of the English. …

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