So, if you're not an Irish-speaker you may be wondering what the language on the website is which isn't English...
well, it's Irish (as it's generally referred to in Ireland, as opposed to 'Gaelic'). Irish is one of six Celtic languages and is spoken on a daily basis by a small percentage of the population of Ireland.
If you'd like to hear what it sounds like you can hear the national Irish language radio station, Raidió na Gaeltachta, on the internet.
For anyone interested Wikipedia has a decent synopsis of the history and current status of Irish:
I write a monthly newsletter which will sometimes touch upon the subject of the Irish language, along with other related subjects of interest to me (and hopefully to others!) If you'd like to subscribe you can do so at the bottom of this page.
I decided to make my website bi-lingual because I love the language and like using it as much as possible in my everyday life, despite living in an English-speaking area.
Here's a link to an article written 20 years ago now by Nuala Ní Domhnaill that had a huge influence on me and particularly on my attitude towards the Irish language. You might find it interesting.
There's also a great deal of fascinating information about Irish folklore available in both English and Irish on the website www.duchas.ie
And information about placenames in Ireland can be found at
Mar is eol duit, má tá tú in ann é seo a léamh, is teanga ansa álainn í an Ghaeilge! Chinn mé mo shuíomh idirlín a bheith dhátheangach mar is breá liom an Ghaeilge agus tá spéis agam í a úsáid níos minice i mo shaol.
Chomh maith leis sin is seans é an Ghaeilge a chur ar taispeáint ar an idirlíon i gcomhthéacs gnó. Dar liomsa is maith an rud é sin.
Más foghlaimeoir thú agus spéis agat feabhas a chur ar do chuid Gaeilge, nó snas a chur uirthi, ná déan dearmad go bhfuil cláir iontacha shuimiúla ar Raidió na Gaeltachta:
Tá eolas oidhreachta iontach suimiúl le fáil i nGaeilge ar an suíomh seo: www.duchas.ie
Agus faoi logainmneacha timpeall na tíre ar www.logainm.ie
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