Conas?: Top 5 Irish Twitter Accounts to Follow!

Conas? is a weekly series, where I give you tips on how to use the Irish language more regularly and in a more infomal way!

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Social media is a big part of our day-to-day lives, so when learning a language seeing as much of that language on your timeline as possible can be a definite advantage. Irish is a modern and current language with a huge online presence and Twitter is a fantastic platform for Gaeilgeoirí (of all qualities of Irish) to meet and to practice their Gaeilge. Here below are five Twitter accounts to follow if you’re looking to improve your Irish!

And give @MiseKatie a follow while you’re at it!

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NB: Why not also change your Twitter account itself to Irish? Click here to read a post on the RTÉ Gaeilge page about how to change your social media accounts to Irish.

 

 

 

 

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1. ‘The Irish For’

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‘The Irish For’ is a fantastic account that posts multiple times daily with ‘smithereens of Irish’. Not only does the account post words that you can use in everyday conversation, it offers a translation with a very appropriate GIF. ‘The Irish For’ was also the Twitter account that inspired the recent posts on Irish language restaurants – filled with puns go leor.

 

2. ‘Raidió na Life’

@RaidioNaLife

Raidió na Life is an Irish language radio station based in Dublin City. The station broadcasts shows made by the volunteer presenters and producers at the station. Their Twitter feed is really interesting with the presenters themselves able to communicate directly with the listeners. You can also send them a tweet with a request. There is a show for everyone with great chat, good music and in-depth interviews, RnaL is worth a listen and a follow.

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3. ‘Méimeanna na Gaeilge’Screenshot (57)

@MemesnaG

Méimeanna na Gaeilge’ posts hilarious memes through Irish, making learning the Irish a fun and enjoyable experience. Run by the legend that is Ciara Ní É, the account also welcomes submissions from followers so ar aghaidh libh! You can also follow the page on Facebook here!

 

 

4. ‘Tuairisc.ie’

@TuairiscNuacht

To keep up to date on all the latest news as Gaeilge, following Tuairisc  is a must! There are regular updates on everything from current affairs and politics to opinion and culture – all through Irish of course! You can also check out their website at http://tuairisc.ie/

 

5. ‘Gaelchultúr Teo’

@Gaelchultur

Not only does Gaelchultúr post ‘frása an lae’ (phrase of the day’) on the Twitter feed, but you can also find updates on Irish language classes and events near you! If you want to bring your online experience to life, Gaelchultúr is the account to follow!

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‘Airím uaim thú’ le Katie Whelan

Cineáltas, áilleacht, solas geal,

Anois go deo, i lámha na n-aingeal.

 

An gáire imithe,

An tsoineantacht tógtha,

Sinn uilig inár dtost,

Do theaghlach fághta.

 

Gan trácht, gan tuairisc,

Gan chiall, gan réasún.

Gach rud athraithe,

Crith talún.

 

“Ní bheidh do leithéid arís’ ann”,

Mar a dearfá,

Inár gcroíthe go deo,

Gan dabht, a mhairfeá.

 

I solas na gréine,

A fhásfaidh na bláthanna os do chionn.

An gcloiseann tú mo ghuth?

An mbíonn tú ann dom?

 

Nuair a bhím eaglach,

Scanraithe,

Éiginnte.

 

An mbíonn tú ann?

 

Do mo neartú,

Do mo chabhrú,

Do mo chinntiú.

 

Tá ‘fhios agam go mbíonn agus go mbeidh,

Taobh liom go deo,

Do mo threorú agus do mo thacú,

Go deo na ndeor.

 

‘Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa’

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Ceann de na dánta is fearr liom riamh. Scríofa ag an Direánach, cruthaítear íomhá idéalach de iarthar na tíre – an áit is draíochtúla in Éirinn.

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Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa

Seal beag gairid I measc mo dhaoine

Ar oileán mara,

Ag siúl cois cladaigh

Maidin is tráthnóna

Ó Luan go Satharn

Thiar ag baile.

 

Faoiseamh a Gheobhadsa

Seal beag gairid

I measc mo dhaoine

Ar oileán mara,

Ó chrá chroí,

Ó bhuairt aigne,

Ó uaigneas dhuairc,

Ó chaint ghontach,

Thiar ag baile.

Conas?: Encouraging your child to speak Irish during Summer!

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Conas? is a weekly series, where I give you tips on how to use the Irish language more regularly and in a more infomal way! This week, I’m focusing on how you can help your child continue to make use of and practice, their Irish over the school holidays!

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With summer coming in thick and fast, many parents will be worried that their children will ‘lose’ whatever Gaeilge they have learned throughout the school year. Although it is inevitable that the child’s Irish may be a little rusty when they return to school in September, there are ways in which you can help them to stay in touch with the language – therefore making the transition back to school later in the year, that little bit easier.

 

So, here below are some simple ways, as well as formal courses to keep your child’s Irish up to scratch!

 

1. Campaí Samhraidh // Summer Camps

The most obvious way for children to continue to learn Irish throughout the summer is to attend a summer camp, usually down in the Gaeltacht areas of the country (Galway, Donegal, Waterford, Meath). This can not only be an opportunity to practice their native tongue, but also a chance to explore their independence and make new friends – thus making the language fun, current and exciting! Click here to see a list of Irish language colleges all around Ireland!

For children too young to attend the traditional Gaeltacht course, there are certain colleges that offer ‘An Gaeltacht sa Bhaile’ (The Gaeltacht at home) where those who are as young as 6 can attend a ‘gaeltacht’ from 10 – 4 in a local school, with a céilí at 7 before returning to their own bed for the night! The most well-known summer camp to offer this is Coláiste Naomh Eoin and it comes highly recommended!

 

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A sign in An Ceathrú Rua // Carraroe, County Galway welcoming visitors.

 

2. Ceol Gaelach // Irish Music

They say music is ‘the international language of the world’, but it can also be a great way to learn a language – and Gaeilge is no exception. The traditional tunes of Peigín Leitir Móir and Báidín Fheilimí are no longer the only source of Irish language music.

Raidió Rí Rá, Conradh na Gaeilge and RTÉ 2fm came together this year to bring you CEOL 2017, a fantastic CD featuring current artists like ‘Picture This’, Gavin James and ‘Seo Linn’ doing covers of their most well-known songs trí Ghaeilge!

This CD is bound to inspire those with (and without) Irish, and they’ll be singing along in no time! You can listen to CEOL 2017 FREE here (The lyrics are also available at that link!).

 

3. Turais Ghaeilge // Irish language tours

We are blessed in this country to have such a rich and diverse history and learning about our past through Irish can offer the visitor a new perspective! Recently, RTÉ posted a list on their fantastic new website (www.RTE.ie/Gaeilge) of places across the country offering Irish language tours of historical landmarks, such as Kilmainham Gaol, Padraig Pearse’s holiday home in Galway and The National Museum of Ireland.

The list itself is in Irish but it offers fantastic ideas on where to go on a day out! Simply click on the place name on RTÉ’s page and it will bring you to the website of said landmark. The list of the places can be found here. Enjoy!

 

4. Féilte // Festivals

It wouldn’t be summer without a festival or two, and Irish language festivals are no exception! There will of course be ‘Puball na Gaeilge’ at Electric Picnic, but why not buy a weekend ticket to Féile na Gealaí, an Irish language music and camping festival from the 16th – 18th of June in Ráth Chairn, Co. Meath – just over an hours drive from Dublin!

Tickets are ridiculously cheap at €32.49 each for a weekend pass, and with attractions for both young and old, it’s sure to be a fantastic day out! There are also camping tickets available for €53.76. For more information on the attractions and prices etc, click here.

 

5. Ranganna Oíche do Dhaoine Fásta // Night Classes for Adults

Why not take this opportunity to brush up on your own Irish? So that when you children return to/start school in September you’ll be able to encourage them with words or phrases you’ve learned yourself. As well as this, seeing your determination will no doubt inspire your children to work at their Irish.

Gaelchultúr runs both online and night classes for adults, catering to all ages, levels and abilities of Irish. Why not visit their website (Gaelchultur.com) and see what opportunities there are for you! Tá céad míle fáilte romhat // A hundred thousand welcomes!

 

Screenshot (53)Gaelchultúr’s Headquarters on Clare Street in Dublin (Courtesy of http://www.twitter.com/gaelchultur)

 

The most important thing, however is that whatever you decide to do this summer, do it with confidence – whether you’re a fluent speaker, a learner or just an enthusiast you will be warmly welcomed! So go out, and try something new. What have you got to lose?

 

 

 

‘Bree’

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A bilingual poem about my dear grandmother, Bree who I wasn’t fortunate enough to meet but blessed to live in the light of her love, decades after she joined God’s great choir.

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The smell of her hands, the smell of home,

Turning flour to fresh bread,

Children to adults,

Making sweet memories of heartache.

 

Brushing her hair, us closer than ever,

In that moment she was my mother.

My mammy alone,

My mammy forever.

 

Bree,

“Brí ár saoil”*,

The source,

From which the river of love flows.

 

My Left Foot,

My right arm,

My be all and end.

 

Goodbye mam,

It’s time to rest,

You’ve played your part,

Now open your letter,

Sent from God above,

To you addressed.

 

*Brí an tsaoil = the meaning of our lives

 

Conas?: 5 Irish Sentences to Use Everyday!

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Conas? is a weekly series, where I give you tips on how to use the Irish language more regularly and in a more infomal way!

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The Irish language is a beautiful, melodic language and many people love to hear ‘cúpla focal’ as they go about their daily lives. Here below are 5 sentences you can use on a daily basis, whether you’re fluent like Gráinne Seoige, or just a learner (and lover) of the language, like Stephen Fry. Bainigí úsáid aisti!

 

Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla cliste // Broken Irish is better than clever English

1. “Conas atá tú?” (How are you?)

With the Irish people known worldwide for their friendliness, why not start with asking someone how they are? Of course, in Ireland you’re not usually expecting an answer, but sure look! You can also ask a group how they are by changing the ‘tú’ to ‘sibh’.

 

2. “Go raibh maith agat” (Thank you)

Almost everything in this life costs money, but manners are free, so why not be polite in two languages!

 

3. “Slán” (Goodbye)

Many people will use the word ‘slán’ in everyday language. It’s a simple word that seems to have infiltrated the English language of Ireland, so why not take advantage of it and say ‘Slán’ instead of goodbye?

 

4. “Sláinte!” (Health!)

Sláinte is an Irish toast to good health, often used when drinking the first (or last!) drink on a night out. Funnily enough, this word is quite well known around the world, making it useful to use at home and further afield!

 

5. “Go leor” (A lot), “Cúpla focal” (a few words) agus “Éire” (Ireland).

Small words like these can be used as part of a bigger sentence, with ‘go leor’ being used often as ‘a lot’ (ie “she has money go leor”). ‘Cúpla focal’ is also heard often when referring to learners of Irish (ie “he has cúpla focal alright”). ‘Éire’ is also a very simple way to use the Irish language on a more regular basis, what could be better than referring to your country in her native tongue!

 

The most important thing however, is that you make use of whatever Irish you have. Whether it’s cúpla focal or more, the Irish language should become a bigger part of our day-to-day lives. She’s a beautiful language and deserves recognition as an important part of our diverse, and ever changing Irish society.

 

#Conas #WeAreIrish

“And then my heart with pleasure fills”

     “And dances with the daffodils”

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago and I figured that in this time of insecurity and uncertainty in Ireland, you all would appreciate this portrayal of pure, honest and natural beauty.
Go mbeannaí Dia sib’ uilig