Advertisement

Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

#Learn Irish

# learn-irish - All time

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Cockwombles and the decline of British insults

Jun 23rd 2019, 8:30 AM 28,860 Views 18 Comments

The Brexit process should be a golden age for satirists and comedians, but unfortunately, something else has happened, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: A Bloomsday Breakfast with extra Subh Milis on Father’s Day 2019

Jun 16th 2019, 8:30 AM 15,230 Views 5 Comments

In some ways, it is serendipitous that these two events should happen on the same Sunday, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers?
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Is Ireland more progressive now because we didn’t have baby boomers?

Jun 2nd 2019, 8:30 AM 64,203 Views 32 Comments

Did you know that Nigel Farage and Keanu Reeves were born in the same year? It’s hard enough to accept that they are the same species, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law
# Voices
# Voices

The Irish For: Don’t Be Such A Gorilla-Whale-Daughter-In-Law

May 26th 2019, 8:30 AM 26,231 Views 9 Comments

To translate the meaning of Bridezilla effectively we need to pop the bonnet of the word and look at the moving parts, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Let's settle the 'crack' versus 'craic' debate by looking at the evidence

May 19th 2019, 8:30 AM 29,574 Views 37 Comments

The word appears to originate before 1900 in parts of Ireland where spoken Irish was high and literacy was low, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Hiberno English is a feature not a bug

May 12th 2019, 8:30 AM 22,333 Views 14 Comments

Sometimes Béarla and Gaeilge are presented as being in conflict in Ireland, but they’re both part of our cultural heritage, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings?
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Did the Irish language influence the names of Gollum and the orcs in the Lord of the Rings?

May 5th 2019, 8:30 AM 30,706 Views 23 Comments

J. R. R. Tolkien once tried to learn Irish in Galway but he dismissed the language as suffering from “fundamental unreason,” writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

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

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

Apr 21st 2019, 8:30 AM 15,559 Views 14 Comments

‘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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Apr 14th 2019, 8:30 AM 26,596 Views 35 Comments

Gaeilgeoirí 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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Apr 7th 2019, 8:30 AM 17,278 Views 17 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Mar 31st 2019, 8:30 AM 14,780 Views 19 Comments

Sure enough, one of the longest, best laid-out and most carefully edited pages in An Vicipéid is the page on Star Trek, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

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

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

Mar 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 15,980 Views 12 Comments

Bannaí means bail and is not to be confused with banaí which means a womaniser, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

The Irish For: The word Tory comes from the Irish word tóraí meaning a bandit or outlaw
# Column
# Column

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

Mar 17th 2019, 8:30 AM 52,210 Views 29 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish?

Mar 15th 2019, 7:00 AM 21,660 Views 51 Comments

My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes Caoimhín De Barra.

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

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

Mar 10th 2019, 8:15 AM 49,359 Views 22 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Mar 3rd 2019, 8:30 AM 35,474 Views 28 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Feb 24th 2019, 8:30 AM 39,868 Views 10 Comments

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

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Jan 27th 2019, 8:45 AM 24,375 Views 51 Comments

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

The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: How many colours can you remember?

Jan 20th 2019, 8:45 AM 32,240 Views 28 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 13th 2019, 8:45 AM 34,570 Views 40 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

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

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

Dec 24th 2018, 10:31 AM 18,409 Views 13 Comments

Hó hó hó! Darach Ó Séaghdha has a selection box of Irish words for Christmas.

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

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

Dec 16th 2018, 8:45 AM 22,814 Views 6 Comments

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

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

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

Dec 9th 2018, 8:45 AM 16,634 Views 11 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha 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.

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

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

Dec 2nd 2018, 8:45 AM 23,215 Views 13 Comments

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 Séaghdha.