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# the-irish-for - Wednesday 30 December, 2020

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

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

Dec 30th 2020, 9:00 AM 31,332 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 - Friday 25 December, 2020

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

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

Dec 25th 2020, 3:00 PM 15,796 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.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 19 July, 2020

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

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

Jul 19th 2020, 7:30 AM 18,609 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 - Sunday 5 April, 2020

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
# 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

Apr 5th 2020, 8:30 AM 20,469 Views 20 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 29 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 29th 2020, 8:30 AM 30,075 Views 11 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 22 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 22nd 2020, 8:30 AM 37,274 Views 12 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 15 March, 2020

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

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 39,242 Views 34 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 8 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 8th 2020, 8:30 AM 49,579 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 - Sunday 1 March, 2020

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

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

Mar 1st 2020, 8:30 AM 83,555 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 - Sunday 23 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 23rd 2020, 8:30 AM 25,024 Views 22 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 16 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 16th 2020, 8:30 AM 36,127 Views 127 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Saturday 8 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 8th 2020, 8:15 AM 17,119 Views 8 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 2 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 14,505 Views 6 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 26 January, 2020

The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple
# HAPPY COUPLE
# HAPPY COUPLE

The Irish For: Cúpla focal for the happy couple

Jan 26th 2020, 8:30 AM 29,818 Views 10 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 5 January, 2020

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

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 27,245 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 - Sunday 29 December, 2019

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

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

Dec 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 14,144 Views 4 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 15 December, 2019

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

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 19,215 Views 1 Comment

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 8 December, 2019

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

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

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 52,554 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 - Sunday 1 December, 2019

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

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

Dec 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 24,119 Views 12 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 24 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 13,174 Views 10 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 17 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 58,772 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 - Sunday 10 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 10th 2019, 8:30 AM 32,920 Views 24 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 3 November, 2019

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

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

Nov 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 14,139 Views 3 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 27 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 27th 2019, 8:30 AM 35,187 Views 9 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 20 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 20th 2019, 8:30 AM 10,921 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 - Sunday 13 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 13th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,817 Views 16 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 6 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 6th 2019, 8:30 AM 23,495 Views 16 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 29 September, 2019

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

The Irish For: Cuddly mammals and furry predators

Sep 29th 2019, 8:30 AM 22,699 Views 8 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 22 September, 2019

The Irish For: How has censorship affected Irish language books?
# Léigh Mé
# Léigh Mé

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

Sep 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 8,978 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 - Sunday 15 September, 2019

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

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

Sep 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 29,360 Views 9 Comments

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

# the-irish-for - Sunday 8 September, 2019

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

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

Sep 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 14,167 Views 9 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 1 September, 2019

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

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

Sep 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 23,011 Views 6 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 25 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 25th 2019, 8:30 AM 51,463 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 - Sunday 18 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 18th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,661 Views 1 Comment

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 11 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 11th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,461 Views 14 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 4 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 4th 2019, 8:30 AM 16,386 Views 10 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 21 July, 2019

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

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

Jul 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 31,382 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 - Sunday 14 July, 2019

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

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

Jul 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 25,120 Views 31 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 7 July, 2019

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

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

Jul 7th 2019, 8:30 AM 17,092 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 - Sunday 30 June, 2019

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

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

Jun 30th 2019, 8:30 AM 31,599 Views 10 Comments

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

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