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The Irish For: What’s the Irish word of the year?
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.
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The Irish For: Hope and history rhyme - what will Biden’s inaugural poem be?
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks to the past and wonders what kind of poetic tones we can expect at the forthcoming Biden inauguration.
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We have a wealth of talented podcasters here in Ireland, so why are we not counting their listeners?
As Bressie’s podcast wins an award, Darach Ó Séaghdha argues that it’s high time the JNLR figures took podcasting into account.
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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
We look to language when seeking a reassuring symbol of endurance, Darach Ó Séaghdha writes.
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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.
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The Irish For - Does Google Translate understand what 'A Cute Hoor' is?
By the 1990s, the phrase no longer appeared in inverted commas.
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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?
Darach Ó Séaghdha looks at the stories behind some of Ireland’s most famous animals
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple
Wedding prayers and toasts can sound so beautiful in Irish, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators
The Irish language has many names for different creatures in the wild.
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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.
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The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside
Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?
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The Irish For: Cartoons, propaganda and the words children learn
How much do TV shows influence children’s pronunciation and phrases?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.