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Yesterday’s News

The Irish For: Why do we remember things from TV and what does that mean for learning languages?

‘Thousands of Irish people know their rights if they’re arrested in America but not if they’re arrested in Ireland
 and nobody would know what mitosis was if it wasn’t for Sabrina,’ writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 14 April, 2019

The Irish For: We are sometimes called Gaeilge Nazis which feels like a bit of a curse

GaeilgeoirĂ­ often feel the odds are stacked against them. Even when we are right we still end up looking like a spoilsport or a pain in the arse, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 7 April, 2019

The Irish For: In 1990 Germany got AthaontĂș (reunification) and Milli Vanilli were exposed for lip-syncing

The German R&B duo dominated the charts at the time and one of them even claimed to be the “new Elvis”, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 31 March, 2019

The Irish For: The Irish language version of Wikipedia is going strong

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An VicipĂ©id is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 24 March, 2019

The Irish for: Irish is the first language of the constitution. Here's some legal terminology as Gaeilge

BannaĂ­ means bail and is not to be confused with banaĂ­ which means a womaniser, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 17 March, 2019

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tĂłraĂ­ meaning a bandit or outlaw

If you’re doing your Irish oral exam next week – you’ll need to know how to say ‘confidence and supply agreement’ and ‘frictionless border’, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 10 March, 2019

The Irish For: Some older words don't exist in English - clochscrĂ­bhinn means an inscription on stone

George Orwell said that history was a palimpsest – a chalkboard which could be scraped clean and reinscribed, exactly as often as necessary, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 3 March, 2019

The Irish For: While Europe was stuck in the Dark Ages - Ireland's Brehon laws were relatively enlightened

Satire (Áer) was taken as seriously as physical assault in old Ireland and a range of satirical offences were deemed to warrant compensation, including ‘coining a nickname that sticks’, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 24 February, 2019

The Irish For: What does old Irish tell us about life in ancient Ireland?

Did the knights of the Fianna use their frithbacĂĄin (handbrake) to do doughnuts, and other boy racer tricks, in the medieval equivalent of an industrial estate? wonders Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 17 February, 2019

The Irish For: What do these popular boys' names mean - and what can we learn from them?

Social trends are reflected in different names, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha, whose first name means “like an oak tree”.

Sunday 27 January, 2019

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Aerach means gay in both the modern sense as well as the original meaning of happy and carefree writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 20 January, 2019

The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?

Different languages across the world look at the spectrum and make different calls on where certain colours begin and end, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 13 January, 2019

The Irish For: Brexit and the rise of Hiberno-English

With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union this year, it’s time for Hiberno English to become the official language of the EU, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 6 January, 2019

The Irish For: Forget the January blues - let's talk about birds

The fact that the Irish words for duck and lake sound similar gives an alliterative flourish to a seanfhocal about not sweating the small stuff: NĂ­ troimide an loch an lacha – the lake is not heavier for having a duck on it, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 30 December, 2018

Monday 24 December, 2018

The Irish For... All the most important Christmas words (including Fairytale of New York as Gaeilge)

HĂł hĂł hĂł! Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

Sunday 16 December, 2018

The Irish For: The word deatach, meaning smoke, also refers to the family huddled together around the fire

As one of the first human inventions fire is often used as a metaphor for human civilisation and its downsides, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 9 December, 2018

The Irish For: All the characters you know - good, bad or total craic vortex

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha has a typecast character for every letter in the alphabet – the funny one, the vulgar one, the one with notions or the one who sucks all the craic clean out of the room.

Sunday 2 December, 2018

The Irish For: As the nights are closing in - curl up by the fire and learn some winter words

Codladh Geimhridh literally means ‘winter sleep’ and is the Irish for hibernation. Sometimes that feels like a viable option in the Land of Eternal Winter (Hibernia), writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 25 November, 2018

The Irish For... it's fun to drink uisce beatha in a sĂ­bĂ­n - but watch out for the poison drop

If the Irish phrase for a hangover doesn’t put you off drink nothing will – ‘braon nimhe sa ceann’ means ‘a poison drop to the head’, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha.

Sunday 18 November, 2018

The Irish For...The role of dogs in legends, proverbs and the Brehon laws

Dogs took centre stage in Irish mythology, stories and proverbs, just like they dominate our social media feeds today, writes Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha

Sunday 11 November, 2018

The Irish For... Seal snot: The literal translations of sea creatures are brilliant

The Irish term for a jellyfish translates literally as seal snot. If this floats your boat you might also enjoy mathair shĂșigh – suckmother – for squid.

Sunday 4 November, 2018

The Irish for... 'Why the naming of new technologies in Irish can be more controversial than with English'

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha talks us through the Irish words for emerging technology, including ‘computer’, ‘selfie’ and ‘spam’, exploring their roots and meaning.

Sunday 28 October, 2018

The Irish For... Some spooky Irish words to get you in the mood for Samhain

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha talks us through the meaning of some spooky words like Cendail, a collective noun for the heads of one’s decapitated enemies.

Sunday 21 October, 2018

The Irish For... How the Vikings influenced the Irish language

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha talks us through the meaning behind some words that get their origin from Medieval Ireland’s interaction with Scandanavia.

Sunday 14 October, 2018

The Irish For... A drunken swaggerer and a place abounding in dogs

Darach O SĂ©aghdha talks us through some of the marvelous definitions in the venerable Dinneen dictionary.

Sunday 7 October, 2018

The Irish For... You'll find some of the most beautiful autumnal words as Gaeilge

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha brings us all the wonderful Irish words for things like the harvest moon, conkers, and the rustling sound made by trees.

Sunday 30 September, 2018

The Irish For... Why do feelings run so high around the letter V?

Is V a cheeky stowaway in the Irish language? Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha takes a look.

Sunday 23 September, 2018

The Irish For...What can we learn from the rise and fall of Irish girls' names?

Gaeilgeoir Darach O SĂ©aghdha talks us through the meaning behind names like Saoirse, Órla and Aoife – and what we can learn from them.

Sunday 16 September, 2018

The Irish For... What do Irish political names tell us about their roles?

GaeilgĂłir Darach O SĂ©aghdha talks us through what the Irish for everything from Taoiseach to TD means – and what we can learn from it.

Thursday 25 January, 2018

'It breaks my heart that my daughter might think she only exists because terminations were forbidden'

Darach Ó SĂ©aghdha says the Eighth Amendment did not save his daughter’s life and people with Down Syndrome should not be used in the pro-life campaign.

Thursday 17 March, 2016

From The Daily Edge An essential tour of the Irish language in 9 fascinating words The Irish For

An essential tour of the Irish language in 9 fascinating words

Let’s celebrate turscar, lĂ©asar and craic!