Advertisement
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 24°C Sunday 25 July 2021

#the irish for

# the-irish-for - Friday 28 June, 2019

John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

John Cleese versus the Irish language: Don't mention the 'bh' war

Jun 28th 2019, 7:00 AM 50,078 Views 85 Comments

Cleese said that Irish names look like deliberate attempts to mislead innocent people but this is not the case, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 23 June, 2019

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 28,515 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 - Sunday 16 June, 2019

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 15,062 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 - Sunday 9 June, 2019

The Irish For: Cans, Tans and Summer Plans
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: Cans, Tans and Summer Plans

Jun 9th 2019, 8:30 AM 19,177 Views 4 Comments

Samhradh comes with a sense of disappointment, rarely delivering on its promises of sunshine and gaiety, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 26 May, 2019

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 26,187 Views 10 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 - Sunday 19 May, 2019

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 28,143 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 - Sunday 12 May, 2019

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 21,773 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 - Sunday 5 May, 2019

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 29,920 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 - Sunday 28 April, 2019

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation
# Column
# Column

The Irish For: How Beyoncé is helping to get fadas in formation

Apr 28th 2019, 8:30 AM 42,435 Views 14 Comments

Thanks to Queen Bé, April 2019 has been an interesting month for accessorised letters, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

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

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 15,536 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 - Sunday 31 March, 2019

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 14,740 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 - Sunday 24 March, 2019

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 15,931 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 - Sunday 17 March, 2019

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 50,814 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.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 10 March, 2019

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 48,639 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 - Sunday 3 March, 2019

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 35,306 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 - Sunday 24 February, 2019

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 39,832 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 - Sunday 17 February, 2019

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

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

Feb 17th 2019, 8:45 AM 64,153 Views 22 Comments

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

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

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

The Irish For: Gender, LGBT and transitioning

Jan 27th 2019, 8:45 AM 23,927 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 - Sunday 20 January, 2019

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 31,773 Views 27 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 - Sunday 13 January, 2019

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 34,426 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 - Sunday 6 January, 2019

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

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

Jan 6th 2019, 8:45 AM 17,522 Views 6 Comments

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: Ní troimide an loch an lacha – the lake is not heavier for having a duck on it, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# the-irish-for - Monday 24 December, 2018

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 18,119 Views 12 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 16 December, 2018

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 22,403 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 - Saturday 15 December, 2018

WIN: We have signed copies of Craic Baby by Darach Ó Séaghdha up for grabs
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

WIN: We have signed copies of Craic Baby by Darach Ó Séaghdha up for grabs

Dec 15th 2018, 4:30 PM 11,035 Views 7 Comments

Iontach!

# the-irish-for - Sunday 9 December, 2018

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 16,519 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 - Sunday 2 December, 2018

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 22,998 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.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 25 November, 2018

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

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

Nov 25th 2018, 8:45 AM 31,214 Views 11 Comments

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 Séaghdha.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 18 November, 2018

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

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

Nov 18th 2018, 8:45 AM 28,340 Views 18 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 11 November, 2018

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

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

Nov 11th 2018, 8:45 AM 31,545 Views 16 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 28 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 28th 2018, 8:45 AM 34,835 Views 15 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 21 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 21st 2018, 8:45 AM 50,127 Views 34 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 14 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 14th 2018, 8:45 AM 28,946 Views 10 Comments

Darach O Séaghdha talks us through some of the marvelous definitions in the venerable Dinneen dictionary.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 7 October, 2018

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

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

Oct 7th 2018, 8:45 AM 68,661 Views 45 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 30 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 30th 2018, 8:45 AM 37,432 Views 46 Comments

Is V a cheeky stowaway in the Irish language? Darach Ó Séaghdha takes a look.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 23 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 23rd 2018, 8:45 AM 83,785 Views 57 Comments

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

# the-irish-for - Sunday 16 September, 2018

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

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

Sep 16th 2018, 8:45 AM 23,455 Views 17 Comments

Gaeilgóir Darach O Séaghdha talks us through what the Irish for everything from Taoiseach to TD means – and what we can learn from it.

# the-irish-for - Monday 16 October, 2017

18 ways to describe Hurricane Ophelia as Gaeilge
# Ophelia
From The Daily Edge
# Ophelia

18 ways to describe Hurricane Ophelia as Gaeilge

Oct 16th 2017, 6:00 PM 12,174 Views 3 Comments

With help from The Irish For.

# the-irish-for - Sunday 27 August, 2017

'Irish is a dead language? Judging by your punctuation, English isn't far off either'
# The Irish For
# The Irish For

'Irish is a dead language? Judging by your punctuation, English isn't far off either'

Aug 27th 2017, 9:00 PM 41,861 Views 79 Comments

Darach Ó Séaghdha, who runs the successful Twitter account “The Irish for”, is publishing a book on why Irish may not be dead just yet.

# the-irish-for - Friday 28 April, 2017

Irish Twitter has been having a glorious debate about what 'crisp sandwich' is as Gaeilge
# Ceapaire Tayto
From The Daily Edge
# Ceapaire Tayto

Irish Twitter has been having a glorious debate about what 'crisp sandwich' is as Gaeilge

Apr 28th 2017, 7:56 PM 6,057 Views 0 Comments

And now we have an answer.

# the-irish-for - Saturday 18 March, 2017

7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge
# The Irish For
From The Daily Edge
# The Irish For

7 dangerously similar sounding words as Gaeilge

Mar 18th 2017, 8:00 PM 10,306 Views 5 Comments

ár nAthair v an nathair