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The Irish For: What’s the Irish word of the year?
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The Irish For: What’s the Irish word of the year?

Dec 30th 2020, 9:00 AM 30,478 Views 7 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha says the pandemic has brought along the use of many new phrases and words, and he has one as Gaeilge for 2020.

The Irish For: Hope and history rhyme - what will Biden’s inaugural poem be?
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The Irish For: Hope and history rhyme - what will Biden’s inaugural poem be?

Dec 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 15,493 Views 11 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha looks to the past and wonders what kind of poetic tones we can expect at the forthcoming Biden inauguration.

We have a wealth of talented podcasters here in Ireland, so why are we not counting their listeners?
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We have a wealth of talented podcasters here in Ireland, so why are we not counting their listeners?

Jul 19th 2020, 7:30 AM 18,354 Views 18 Comments

As Bressie’s podcast wins an award, Darach Ó Séaghdha argues that it’s high time the JNLR figures took podcasting into account.

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

Apr 5th 2020, 8:30 AM 20,422 Views 20 Comments

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

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

Mar 29th 2020, 8:30 AM 29,875 Views 11 Comments

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

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

Mar 22nd 2020, 8:30 AM 36,440 Views 12 Comments

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

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

Mar 15th 2020, 8:30 AM 38,967 Views 34 Comments

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

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

Mar 8th 2020, 8:30 AM 48,125 Views 1 Comment

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

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

Mar 1st 2020, 8:30 AM 72,300 Views 30 Comments

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

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

Feb 23rd 2020, 8:30 AM 24,570 Views 22 Comments

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

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

Feb 16th 2020, 8:30 AM 35,706 Views 127 Comments

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

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

Feb 8th 2020, 8:15 AM 17,073 Views 8 Comments

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

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

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 14,235 Views 6 Comments

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

The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple
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The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple

Jan 26th 2020, 8:30 AM 24,503 Views 10 Comments

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

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

Jan 5th 2020, 11:00 AM 26,448 Views 10 Comments

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

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

Dec 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,976 Views 4 Comments

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

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 19,157 Views 1 Comment

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

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

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 51,168 Views 53 Comments

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

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 23,691 Views 12 Comments

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

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

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,030 Views 10 Comments

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

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 58,556 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: Notes on the naming of a still-contentious Irish-themed cocktail
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The Irish For: Notes on the naming of a still-contentious Irish-themed cocktail

Nov 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 32,825 Views 24 Comments

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

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 13,941 Views 3 Comments

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

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

Oct 27th 2019, 8:30 AM 32,797 Views 9 Comments

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

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

Oct 20th 2019, 8:30 AM 10,822 Views 5 Comments

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

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

Oct 13th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,322 Views 16 Comments

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

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

Oct 6th 2019, 8:30 AM 23,027 Views 16 Comments

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

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators
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The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

Sep 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 22,327 Views 8 Comments

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

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

Sep 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 8,909 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Sep 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 29,206 Views 9 Comments

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

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

Sep 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 14,050 Views 9 Comments

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

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

Sep 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 22,866 Views 6 Comments

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

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

Aug 25th 2019, 8:30 AM 51,446 Views 36 Comments

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

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

Aug 18th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,571 Views 1 Comment

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

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

Aug 11th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,069 Views 14 Comments

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

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

Aug 4th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,277 Views 10 Comments

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

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

Jul 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 31,139 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Jul 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 24,719 Views 31 Comments

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

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

Jul 7th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,472 Views 10 Comments

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

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

Jun 30th 2019, 8:30 AM 31,308 Views 10 Comments

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

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