Welcome to The Irish Gift, an Irish organization that provides online classes in the East Galway music tradition and the music of Eddie Kelly. We also offer classes in the Irish language, sean nós singing and sean nós dancing. Online classes in bodhrán and uilleann pipes are also…Continue
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Colaiste Lurgan, the creative and ever-blossoming Irish language school in Connemara, is preparing for the March 3rd launch of their massive initiative to help people who would like to learn the Irish language.
Here's Lurgan's description of the initiative they're calling “Sé Seachtaini” (six…Continue
An Irish language development officer in east Belfast says many people there are upset by an Orange Order claim that Irish is being used for political purposes by…Continue
Learn about the stories and tales behind Ireland’s most recognised and renowned symbols as we begin the 4 week count down until Saint Patrick’s Day. The time of year for parades, green outfits, face-paints, Guinness and all…Continue
Fifty years ago today (21 January, 1964), the Irish Language Commission released a report stating that Galway should be made an Irish-speaking city. RTÉ News spoke to some of Galway's citizens to get their opinions of the plans. …Continue
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A.D. 2013 has been a big year for The Wild Geese. It was just nine months ago that the new and improved version of TheWildGeese.com was launched. As 2013 winds down to a close, we thought it would be interesting to compile the most popular blog posts and discussions…Continue
LearnIrish.com is a new initiative that aims to make the Irish language and learning resources more accessible to learners throughout the world. By offering an affordable and well structured Irish language course it aims to give people the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home. It's currently gathering funds to make it all…Continue
Celtic myth had it that the robin that was suppose to represent the New Year killed the wren which represented the Old Year, During this time Wren Boys blacken their faces and go from house to house asking for money to bury the wren. The money they collect is used to buy food and drink for the "wren dance" held…Continue
The Doegen Records Web Project (Tionscadal Gréasáin Cheirníní Doegen) has made available a treasure trove of audio recordings from the 17 counties of Ireland, mostly concentrated in the northwest. This multi-media archive is a project of the Royal Irish Academy Library in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Observatory, and…Continue
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"Let’s move to Ireland!”
“It would be cool to get some chickens!”
“I bet you could decorate these egg shells somehow.”
“Umm ... I think I could!”
Sometimes, my husband has really good crazy ideas, and that last one was the…
After watching the videos produced by Coláiste Lurgan in Connemara and posted here a few weeks ago, I think a few eyes have been opened. Any eyes who are still blind to the budding revival of the Irish…Continue
This summer, driving through Connemara, I pulled into Sraith Salach, (Willow Stream) as Recess is now officially called, on the N59 Galway Clifden Road. All Gaeltacht villages throughout Ireland now only have the Irish name, though it caused such a furore in Dingle/ Daingean that they made an exception. The village consists of a shop, pub and marble shop. My friends were…Continue
Mícheál Ó Foighil (left) manages Coláiste Lurgan, the Irish language summer camp for teens, located just around the corner from our house. You may have heard of Lurgan because of their wildly successful music videos, some of which have been posted on The Wild…Continue
Watch these videos made by the young people attending Irish summer courses at Coláiste Lurgan in Indreabhán (County Galway). …Continue
It's time for another Wild Geese original crossword puzzle. This time around, we're exploring the Irish language. If you have some Irish, this puzzle may be quite easy for you; but even if you don't have any Irish, we've provided a link below to PotaFocal.com that will give you the…Continue
Established in 1985 and quickly becoming one of the premier literature festivals in all of Europe (and beyond), the Cúirt International Festival of Literature launched its 2013 programme on the 23rd of April. This annual festival based in Galway continues to…Continue
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Baile Átha Cliath – Is minicí a aistrítear leabhra ó Ghaeilge go Béarla, ná a mhalairt.
Ocáid neamhghnáthach, dá bhrí sin, a bhí ann nuair a iarradh ar an scríobhnóir agus údar as Gaeilge, Pádraig Breathnach, leabhar Frank McCourt as Béarla, “Angela’s Ashes,” a aistriú go Gaeilge.
Cé gurb as Maigh Cuilinn i gCuntae na…
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It was an unusual occurrence, therefore, when Irish language writer and author Pádraig Breathnach was commissioned to translate Frank McCourt’s best seller, “Angela’s Ashes,” into the Irish language.
Originally from Maigh…Continue
Word Nerd Alert! I am a self-professed word-aholic. Even in my young years, I read dictionaries for fun. It was no surprise then to anyone when I chose English as my major in college. It was also no great surprise that my two minors were Native American Studies and Celtic Studies. The only great curiosity was what I was going to do with all of that knowledge.
One of the research papers which I submitted in my final year covered commonly used words or phrases in day to day English…Continue