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'My life is over, I forgot to pack toilet roll': Essential festival phrases ... in Irish

“An shifteálfá mo chara? … Cad fúmsa mar sin?”

RAVELÓID IS A new music and culture festival due to take place in June 2016.

It’ll be a lot like other summer festivals, but will have a twist: the Irish language will be at its centre.

7/7/2011 Oxegen Music Festivals File photo of Oxegen music festival Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Organisers are hoping to attract 5,000 people to Balbriggan in Dublin, from 10-12 June next.

There’ll be a mixture of contemporary and traditional music, comedy, dance, literature, workshops and, of course, camping.

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To get people fully prepped for the festival, organisers have compiled an Irish phrasebook that covers the following situations:

  • Getting ready
  • At the festival
  • In the tent
  • Drinking
  • At the concert
  • On the pull
  • At the toilet

Here is a selection of their most essential quotes:

Tá deireadh liom ar fad, níor thógas páipéar leithris liom.My life is over, I forgot to pack toilet roll.An shifteálfá mo chara? … Cad fúmsa mar sin?

Would you shift my mate? … What about me then?

Tá siad ródhírithe ar an taobh gnó, is fearr liom a gcuid luath.

They’re too commercial, I prefer their earlier stuff.

Tá naigín i bhfolach agam i mo chíochbheart.

I have a sneaky naggin in my bra.*

An gcabhrófá liom mo phuball a chrochadh?

Would you help pitch my tent?

Glacaimis féinphic?

Will we take a selfie?

The Ravelóid line-up includes Delorentos, Kíla and Ham Sandwich. More information about the festival can be found here.

*Ravelóid has noted that it promotes sensible drinking

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Órla Ryan

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