Languages The earliest evidence of Irish is is preserved in Ogham inscriptions dating from the fifth century. Now Irish can now be found in more than 4,500 books, on the television, on the radio, in the newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet.

Wikipedia: Irish (Gaeilge), sometimes referred to as Irish Gaelic or just Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European languages family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is spoken as a first language by a small minority of Irish people, and as a second language by a rather larger group. Irish enjoys constitutional status as the national and first official language of the Republic of Ireland, and is an officially recognised minority language in Northern Ireland. It is also an official language of the European Union. The public body Foras na Gaeilge is responsible for the promotion of the language throughout the island of Ireland.


  • Sláinte! What are your favorite words in Gaeilge?

Seachtain na Gaeilge is an annual international festival promoting the Irish language and culture, both in Ireland and all around the world. Established in 1902, the festival lasts seventeen days and begins on March 1 and runs to St Patrick’s Day on March 17. Úsáid do Theanga = Use your language

Opinion: Will Bliain na Gaeilge turn into Bliain na Begrudgers 2018?
Taoiseach launches Bliain na Gaeilge programme – The Irish Times
Celebrating & Contemplating 125 Years of Irish Language Revival with Bliain na Gaeilge 2018
Motherfoclóir: can millennials rescue Irish? –
Students re-create pop music videos to keep Irish language alive – ABC News
Best of Ireland: 54 Irish curses you won’t have learned in school – The Irish Times
St Patrick’s Day: Top 10 dreadful fake Irish accents in films | Metro News

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2020 Green Party
Programme for Government (June 2020) PDF
“Provide Gaelscoileanna and Gaelcoláiste, where there is strong demand.” (p. 97)

Elsewhere on the Web
Irish Slang – Irish Abroad
One Minute Irish
English-Irish Dictionary (de Bhaldraithe, 1959)

Podcast: Motherfocloir


Fáilte = Welcome
Sláinte! = Cheers!
Dia dhuit = Hello
Slán = Goodbye
Craic = fun,news,scandal,merriment
Fionnat = White = Blanca
Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit! = Happy St Patrick’s Day to you!
Lá Breithe Shona dhuit! = Happy birthday
Go raibh maith agat = Thank you (to one person)
Erin go Bragh! = Ireland Forever
Seachtain na Gaeilge = Irish Week
Leithghabháil chultúrtha = Cultural appropriation
Shillelagh = Walking stick
Nollaig Shona Duit = Merry Christmas
Slán abhaile = Safe home
Sin scéal eile = That’s another story
Amárach = Tomorrow
Seachtain Náisiúnta na hOidhreachta = National Heritage Week

Beidh do chosa a thabhairt duit áit a bhfuil do chroí = Your feet will bring you where your heart is

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2018 was declared the official year of the Irish language, or Bliain na Gaeilge.

Irish language
List of English words of Irish origin
Blarney Stone (Cloch na Blarnan)


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