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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 30,074 Views 8 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.

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 15,404 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.

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 18,171 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.

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 20,414 Views 20 Comments

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

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 29,832 Views 11 Comments

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

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 36,211 Views 12 Comments

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

Tuesday 17 March, 2020

The Irish For - You’ll never catch our linguistic Lucky Charms
# Leprechaun
# Leprechaun

The Irish For - You’ll never catch our linguistic Lucky Charms

Mar 17th 2020, 7:30 AM 24,306 Views 10 Comments

It’s St Patrick’s Day, in an extraordinary week, but Darach Ó Séaghdha says there’s no harm looking back at the legend of the leprechaun.

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 38,943 Views 34 Comments

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

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 47,539 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.

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 69,382 Views 30 Comments

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

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 24,454 Views 22 Comments

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

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 35,624 Views 127 Comments

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

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 17,059 Views 8 Comments

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

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 14,159 Views 6 Comments

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

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 23,321 Views 10 Comments

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

Sunday 19 January, 2020

The Irish For: Bond and Banríon Eilís - a good collaboration?
# Billie Eilish
# Billie Eilish

The Irish For: Bond and Banríon Eilís - a good collaboration?

Jan 19th 2020, 8:30 AM 14,003 Views 6 Comments

Getting a singer like Eilís to perform a theme song for an ancient spy saga is an attempt to exchange youth and relevance for prestige, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

Sunday 12 January, 2020

The Irish For: Toss a Word to Your Witcher, O'Language of Plenty
# The Witcher
# The Witcher

The Irish For: Toss a Word to Your Witcher, O'Language of Plenty

Jan 12th 2020, 8:30 AM 29,315 Views 15 Comments

Viewers of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ will recognise some Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

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 26,292 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

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 13,955 Views 4 Comments

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

Thursday 26 December, 2019

The Irish For: Where old ghosts meet - the story behind On Raglan Road
# Patrick Kavanagh
# Patrick Kavanagh

The Irish For: Where old ghosts meet - the story behind On Raglan Road

Dec 26th 2019, 8:30 AM 39,456 Views 10 Comments

Irish poetry is a story often told from the perspective of the unrequited lover, but rarely from one who goes in to the affair knowing it is doomed, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha

Sunday 22 December, 2019

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 12,094 Views 10 Comments

What harm if we learn some words as Gaeilge along the way?

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 19,153 Views 1 Comment

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

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 50,623 Views 53 Comments

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

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 23,584 Views 12 Comments

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

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 13,012 Views 10 Comments

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

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 58,447 Views 46 Comments

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

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 32,814 Views 24 Comments

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

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 13,932 Views 3 Comments

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

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 32,709 Views 9 Comments

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

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 10,792 Views 5 Comments

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

Sunday 13 October, 2019

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

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

Oct 13th 2019, 8:30 AM 27,300 Views 16 Comments

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

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 22,963 Views 16 Comments

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

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 22,155 Views 8 Comments

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

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 8,897 Views 13 Comments

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

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 29,147 Views 9 Comments

Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds?

Sunday 8 September, 2019

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

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

Sep 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 14,024 Views 9 Comments

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

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 22,830 Views 6 Comments

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

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 51,443 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.

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 16,534 Views 1 Comment

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

Sunday 11 August, 2019

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

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

Aug 11th 2019, 8:30 AM 26,985 Views 14 Comments

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

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