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From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language Narnia

The Irish For: Although apart for now, when we reunite, it will be the stuff of poetry. Crisis survival tips from the Irish language

We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Kiltartanese and a passionate affair. The story of Galway's Lady Gregory History

The Irish For: Kiltartanese and a passionate affair. The story of Galway's Lady Gregory

Darach Ó Séaghdha follows the artistic path of one of Ireland’s most fascinating historical women.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For - Does Google Translate understand what 'A Cute Hoor' is? Nuance

The Irish For - Does Google Translate understand what 'A Cute Hoor' is?

By the 1990s, the phrase no longer appeared in inverted commas.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: As we celebrate St Patrick's removal of snakes, what other animals have come and gone from Ireland? The Irish For

The Irish For: As we celebrate St Patrick's removal of snakes, what other animals have come and gone from Ireland?

Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous animals

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: 'Hope & History Rhyme' - the background to a much-quoted line US Elections

The Irish For: 'Hope & History Rhyme' - the background to a much-quoted line

Joe Biden quoted Seamus Heaney after his Super Tuesday win in the US this week. Darach Ó Séaghdha examines Heaney’s words.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The rise of Fiadh, the third most popular girl's name Baby Names

The Irish For: The rise of Fiadh, the third most popular girl's name

With Fiadh now in the top five baby names for girls, Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the origin of the name.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: 'Tis far from pizza and spaghetti we were reared The Irish For

The Irish For: 'Tis far from pizza and spaghetti we were reared

Darach Ó Séaghdha asks what words for foreign foods tell us about Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Why do so many Irish politicians start out as teachers? The Irish For

The Irish For: Why do so many Irish politicians start out as teachers?

Darach Ó Séaghdha asks why we elect so many múinteoirí to the Oireachtas.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Time for two Irish romantic traditions - Leap Year proposals and the Skellig Lists Leap Year

The Irish For: Time for two Irish romantic traditions - Leap Year proposals and the Skellig Lists

February 29 proposals are sweet, but the Skellig Lists were another story, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely Column

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely

There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple HAPPY COUPLE

The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple

Wedding prayers and toasts can sound so beautiful in Irish, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok Column

The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok

Word usage is like a conga line at a wedding – nobody thinks the person at the front is an artistic visionary, but the second and third people to join in create the legitimacy for others to attach themselves

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other The Irish For

The Irish For: Reflecting on the decade Gaeilge and social media found each other

Let’s look back on some of the Irish words of the 2010s.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor Column

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on Column

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on

When seeing Ulster Scots writing, many people are surprised by how much of it appears readily intelligible to them.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference Column

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy Column

The Irish For: The enduring genius of artist Louis le Brocquy

The Irish artist’s painting Táin was sold for €102,253 at an auction earlier this week.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Are Irish names really that difficult to pronounce? The Irish For

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

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

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Notes on the naming of a still-contentious Irish-themed cocktail Column

The Irish For: Notes on the naming of a still-contentious Irish-themed cocktail

In Ireland, the Irish Car Bomb is rarely called anything at all, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How did Irish céilí dancing end up with a waltz but no tango? Column

The Irish For: How did Irish céilí dancing end up with a waltz but no tango?

Dances and words travel between cultures in a similar way, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Rings, cloth and matchsticks - the secrets of the bairín breac Column

The Irish For: Rings, cloth and matchsticks - the secrets of the bairín breac

Oíche Shamhna (Halloween) is fast approaching, which means it’s nearly time for a slice of brack.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For - Doomed tales of unrequited love in Irish literature Column

The Irish For - Doomed tales of unrequited love in Irish literature

The tale of Úna Bhán and Tomás Laidir is one of many sad stories in Irish literature, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The varieties of cailín and the deductive Coleen Rooney Wagatha Christie

The Irish For: The varieties of cailín and the deductive Coleen Rooney

Coleen is derived from cailín, the Irish word for a girl, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Vegans, vegetarians and the battle of translating modern words Column

The Irish For: Vegans, vegetarians and the battle of translating modern words

It’s easy to lose the wordplay on English words when translating into Irish.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators Column

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books? Léigh Mé

The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?

The banning of Irish language books was less frequent even though the authors produced writing which dealt with provocative themes.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside Léigh Mé

The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cartoons, propaganda and the words children learn Mammy

The Irish For: Cartoons, propaganda and the words children learn

How much do TV shows influence children’s pronunciation and phrases?

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Guns and Gaelic - the history of the right to bear arms Constitution

The Irish For: Guns and Gaelic - the history of the right to bear arms

The Irish constitution drew inspiration from others, but did not include the right to bear arms.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos' Léigh Mé

The Irish For: Rising rents mean many prospective tenants are giving Dublin a goodbye 'cíos'

Designating certain areas far away from Dublin as Gaeltachtaí, and then denying them investment so they’d stay that way- was a dreadful mistake.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: How a familiar tale can help young bookworms become bilingual Léigh Mé

The Irish For: How a familiar tale can help young bookworms become bilingual

Translating well-known books to Irish could be the best way to get pre-teen bookworms learning Irish.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling Column

The Irish For: Teaching toddlers Gaeilge through the art of storytelling

Story-time is a great way to teach preschoolers píosa Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August Column

The Irish For: Bank holidays and Lú, the god of August

In Irish, August is Lúnasa, named in honour of the ancient god Lú, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: An astronaut is a star-sailor, a comet is a paintbrush star The Irish For

The Irish For: An astronaut is a star-sailor, a comet is a paintbrush star

The calling to travel beyond the Earth owes itself to mythology as well as science, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held Column

The Irish For: The perception that Irish is intimately linked to Catholicism is too widely held

Some languages are intimately associated with religions but not Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: There's a bit of alchemy involved in translating Harry Potter into Irish Column

The Irish For: There's a bit of alchemy involved in translating Harry Potter into Irish

Book series translated from one language to another can lead to complications as the plot thickens, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: If you can’t say anything nice about someone, tar isteach Column

The Irish For: If you can’t say anything nice about someone, tar isteach

If you’re going to insult someone, do it properly, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war The Irish For

John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war

Cleese said that Irish names look like deliberate attempts to mislead innocent people but this is not the case, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults Column

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

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

From TheJournal.ie The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019 Column

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

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

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