This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 12 °C Wednesday 15 July, 2020
Advertisement

The Queen, Obama and now Barroso... they've all had a go at cúpla focail

They’ll be reading Peig and jigging around next.

Féach ar m'aghaidh
Féach ar m'aghaidh
Image: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

YESTERDAY THE EUROPEAN Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso wrapped his gob around a few words of Irish during a press conference in Dublin.

Standing alongside gaelgeoir Enda Kenny he made an impressive stab at:

Tá sé ar fheabhas a bheith ar ais in Eireann

It came out as…

Tá sé ar fheabhas cun bheith in Éireann

… which is a pretty decent attempt.

We’re thinking Barroso must have got wind that The Queen and Obama are old hats at the cupla focail, and he was damned if they were going to show him up!

Queen Elizabeth

The Queen must have felt like she could have discarded the rest of her speech completely during her visit to Dublin, such was the round of applause she got for her five opening words as Gaeilge.

YouTube/RTÉ

Barack Obama

When in Ireland in 2011 US President Barack Obama decided to adapt his Yes We Can motto to suit his audience, chanting ‘Is Féidir Linn’ to rapturous applause on College Green.

YouTube/Bernie Goldbach

Chris Hadfield

ISS Commander Chris Hadfield created a stir when he sent a tweet as Gaeilge from space last week.

He got such a great response that he even tweeted a ‘go raibh maith agat’ tweet later. Sure he’s practically one of us.

“A Úachtaráin, agus a chairde” – Queen offers “sincere sympathy” to victims of Anglo-Irish conflict>

You won’t believe these celebrity couples ever existed>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

Emer McLysaght

Read next:

COMMENTS (35)