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VIDEO: What happens when you speak Irish to strangers?

“An bhfuil fhios agaibh cá bhfuil an Luas?”


ONE OF THE MAIN criticisms of the Irish language – and the way it’s perceived in Ireland – is the fact that it’s rarely heard in everyday use outside of certain areas.

So, here’s what happens when you try to speak Irish to someone on the street.

Aodhán Ó Deá tried to see how well he could be directed around Baile Átha Cliath when speaking only as gaeilge. Here’s how he got on.

The stunt is a promotion for Bliain na Gaeilge 2013, a year-long celebration of the language – tying into The Gathering – and to mark the 120th anniversary of the founding of Conradh na Gaeilge.

Read: NFL posts Facebook status as Gaeilge to 6.1 million fans

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