Every year, in the run-up to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s festival that runs in Ireland and in various other pockets of the globe aimed at celebrating and raising awareness of the Irish language and culture. It was originginally a week long, hence the name “Seachtain na Gaeilge” (Irish Language Week) and despite now extending over a fortnight it maintains the original title. Although some have started calling it “Coicis na Gaeilge” (Irish Language Fortnight). This year’s festival is running from 1 – 17 March 2015 and culminates in our national festival St. Patrick’s Day.
The festival has built up incredible momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of our native language and culture held in Ireland every year and sweeping other countries up in the whirlwind along the way. With events ranging from simple conversational evenings to street céilís; speed dating to wine tasting it gives everyone a chance to experiment with Irish whether fluent from youth or only dipping their toe in for the first time.
If you have an interest in speaking or learning Irish you may find some of the following resources useful.
http://snag.ie/en/ is the Seachtain na Gaeilge web site.
abair.ie text to speech synthesiser developed at Trinity College, Dublin. You can enter Irish text and have it “spoken” back to you.
http://www.potafocal.com/Home.aspx provides a dictionary
And http://www.bbc.co.uk/irish/ provides a range of Irish resources provided by the BBC.
So why not have a go at speaking a few words of Irish. Bain úsáid as do cúpla focal!
Students intending to do their Junior or Leaving Cert maths (or other ) exam through Irish are reminded that their papers must be fully answered through Irish if they want to get the bonus marks. The “cúpla focal” is insufficient for exam purposes. For more on this check out my previous post “Bonus marks for doing papers through Irish“.
If anyone would like to help improve Galway Maths Grind’s English-Irish dictionary of maths terms feel free to download it from here and revert with suggested corrections. Seachtain na Gaeilge shona daoibh!