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The EU's top court has considered its first ever case in the Irish language. It's about labels on dog medicine
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The EU's top court has considered its first ever case in the Irish language. It's about labels on dog medicine

Thu 11:22 AM 21,763 Views 62 Comments

It’s the first time a case at the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice has been conducted through Irish.

Extract: Manchán Magan on the the controversy around the Irish word leprechaun
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Extract: Manchán Magan on the the controversy around the Irish word leprechaun

Nov 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 67,595 Views 49 Comments

Taken from an extract from his book, 32 Words For Field, which has been nominated in the An Post Irish Book Awards.

'Go raibh maith agat': New Alliance MP makes first remarks to the House of Commons in Irish
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'Go raibh maith agat': New Alliance MP makes first remarks to the House of Commons in Irish

Dec 20th 2019, 4:24 PM 41,189 Views 43 Comments

Stephen Farry said he wanted to “reflect the shared heritage of the language across all the traditions in Northern Ireland”.

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor
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The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor

Dec 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 19,130 Views 1 Comment

Here are some traditions described in an Irish poem that claim to help find a suitor.

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference
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The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference

Dec 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 23,265 Views 12 Comments

The Royal Bank of Scotland did not mention the meaning as Gaeilge of their online banking app Bó.

The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?
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The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce?

Nov 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 58,327 Views 46 Comments

We should look at names we don’t understand as something exciting to be figured out, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults
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The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

Jun 23rd 2019, 8:30 AM 28,237 Views 18 Comments

The Brexit process should be a golden age for satirists and comedians, but unfortunately, something else has happened, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019
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The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019

Jun 16th 2019, 8:30 AM 15,011 Views 5 Comments

In some ways, it is serendipitous that these two events should happen on the same Sunday, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers?
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The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers?

Jun 2nd 2019, 8:30 AM 63,300 Views 32 Comments

Did you know that Nigel Farage and Keanu Reeves were born in the same year? It’s hard enough to accept that they are the same species, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law
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The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law

May 26th 2019, 8:30 AM 26,101 Views 10 Comments

To translate the meaning of Bridezilla effectively we need to pop the bonnet of the word and look at the moving parts, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence
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The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence

May 19th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,511 Views 37 Comments

The word appears to originate before 1900 in parts of Ireland where spoken Irish was high and literacy was low, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug
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The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

May 12th 2019, 8:30 AM 21,145 Views 14 Comments

Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings?
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The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings?

May 5th 2019, 8:30 AM 29,512 Views 23 Comments

J. R. R. Tolkien once tried to learn Irish in Galway but he dismissed the language as suffering from “fundamental unreason,” writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation
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The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Apr 28th 2019, 8:30 AM 42,410 Views 14 Comments

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?
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The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

Apr 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 15,522 Views 14 Comments

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland… and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse
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The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse

Apr 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 26,545 Views 35 Comments

Gaeilgeoirí often feel the odds are stacked against them. Even when we are right we still end up looking like a spoilsport or a pain in the arse, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing
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The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got Athaontú (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing

Apr 7th 2019, 8:30 AM 17,206 Views 17 Comments

The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong
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The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

Mar 31st 2019, 8:30 AM 14,707 Views 19 Comments

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw
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The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw

Mar 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 50,512 Views 29 Comments

If you’re doing your Irish oral exam next week – you’ll need to know how to say ‘confidence and supply agreement’ and ‘frictionless border’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?
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Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?

Mar 15th 2019, 7:00 AM 21,292 Views 51 Comments

My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone
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The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscríbhinn means an inscription on stone

Mar 10th 2019, 8:15 AM 47,202 Views 22 Comments

George Orwell said that history was a palimpsest – a chalkboard which could be scraped clean and reinscribed, exactly as often as necessary, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened
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The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened

Mar 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 35,173 Views 28 Comments

Satire (Áer) was taken as seriously as physical assault in old Ireland and a range of satirical offences were deemed to warrant compensation, including ‘coining a nickname that sticks’, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland?
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The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland?

Feb 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 39,793 Views 10 Comments

Did the knights of the Fianna use their frithbacáin (handbrake) to do doughnuts, and other boy racer tricks, in the medieval equivalent of an industrial estate? wonders Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning
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The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Jan 27th 2019, 8:45 AM 23,605 Views 52 Comments

Aerach means gay in both the modern sense as well as the original meaning of happy and carefree writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?
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The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?

Jan 20th 2019, 8:45 AM 31,398 Views 27 Comments

Different languages across the world look at the spectrum and make different calls on where certain colours begin and end, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Brexit and the rise of Hiberno-English
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The Irish For: Brexit and the rise of Hiberno-English

Jan 13th 2019, 8:45 AM 34,271 Views 40 Comments

With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union this year, it’s time for Hiberno English to become the official language of the EU, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Forget the January blues - let's talk about birds
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The Irish For: Forget the January blues - let's talk about birds

Jan 6th 2019, 8:45 AM 17,480 Views 6 Comments

The fact that the Irish words for duck and lake sound similar gives an alliterative flourish to a seanfhocal about not sweating the small stuff: Ní troimide an loch an lacha – the lake is not heavier for having a duck on it, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)
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The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)

Dec 24th 2018, 10:31 AM 18,074 Views 12 Comments

Hó hó hó! Darach Ó Séaghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire
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The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

Dec 16th 2018, 8:45 AM 22,184 Views 7 Comments

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: All the characters you  know - good, bad or total craic vortex
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The Irish For: All the characters you know - good, bad or total craic vortex

Dec 9th 2018, 8:45 AM 16,505 Views 11 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha has a typecast character for every letter in the alphabet – the funny one, the vulgar one, the one with notions or the one who sucks all the craic clean out of the room.

The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words
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The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words

Dec 2nd 2018, 8:45 AM 22,947 Views 13 Comments

Codladh Geimhridh literally means ‘winter sleep’ and is the Irish for hibernation. Sometimes that feels like a viable option in the Land of Eternal Winter (Hibernia), writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws
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The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws

Nov 18th 2018, 8:45 AM 28,018 Views 20 Comments

Dogs took centre stage in Irish mythology, stories and proverbs, just like they dominate our social media feeds today, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha

The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant
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The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant

Nov 11th 2018, 8:45 AM 30,102 Views 16 Comments

The Irish term for a jellyfish translates literally as seal snot. If this floats your boat you might also enjoy mathair shúigh – suckmother – for squid.

The Irish For... Why do feelings run so high around the letter V?
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The Irish For... Why do feelings run so high around the letter V?

Sep 30th 2018, 8:45 AM 37,029 Views 46 Comments

Is V a cheeky stowaway in the Irish language? Darach Ó Séaghdha takes a look.

23 ways to say 'potato' as Gaeilge
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23 ways to say 'potato' as Gaeilge

Oct 6th 2017, 5:40 PM 24,067 Views 13 Comments

Happy National Potato Day, ya filthy animals.

Snapchat have introduced these deadly Irish language filters for every county in Ireland
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Snapchat have introduced these deadly Irish language filters for every county in Ireland

Aug 1st 2017, 6:29 PM 6,876 Views 5 Comments

CORCAIGH ABU!

7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge
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7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge

Mar 18th 2017, 8:00 PM 10,274 Views 5 Comments

ár nAthair v an nathair

13 essential phrases you need as Gaeilge to get through 2017
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13 essential phrases you need as Gaeilge to get through 2017

Mar 7th 2017, 5:26 PM 9,091 Views 0 Comments

All you need to get through the year.

Can You Get 100% In This Bouli Lyrics Quiz?
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Can You Get 100% In This Bouli Lyrics Quiz?

Dec 24th 2016, 10:33 AM 5,411 Views 1 Comment

FEAR SNEACHTA BÁN…

13 excellent ways to insult someone as Gaeilge
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13 excellent ways to insult someone as Gaeilge

Nov 13th 2016, 9:30 PM 35,905 Views 3 Comments

Is smuigín thú! (You’re a snot-nosed brat. Yeah you.)

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