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YouTube absolutely mangled the subtitles on Michael D. Higgins' Paddy's Day address

YouTube doesn’t understand Gaeilge.


YESTERDAY, ARAS AN Uachtaráin uploaded President Michael D. Higgins special St. Patrick’s Day address.

The whole thing was delivered as Gaeilge in Michael D’s trademark lilt and you can watch it below.

Source: Áras an Uachtaráin/YouTube

Now, as you may or may not be aware, YouTube offers automatic captioning on its videos.

And it seems that it had a bit of difficulty understanding what Michael D was saying, as evidenced by these unintentionally hilarious subtitles.

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What he’s actually saying: “…beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig a sheoladh chuig muintirna hÉireann…”

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What he’s actually saying: “Is é Lá ‘le Pádraig an lá go dtagaimidle chéile…”

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What he’s actually saying: “…imirceach míle sé chéad bliain ó shin…”

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What he’s actually saying: “…dúchais chun bailte agus chunpobailnua a bhunú i dtíortha thar lear…”

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What he’s actually saying: “Tugann na paráidí agus an cheiliúradh a bhíonn ar siúl ibpobail…”

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What he was actually saying: “…agusorthu siúd a bhfuil bá aguscaradasina gcroí acu…”

I was on a show that will bar a gift card Justin agree yuck

- you, sending a drunk text tonight

(Speech via here.)

Written by Amy O’Connor for


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