I believe the Irish language is one of our greatest national treasures, and an integral part of our ancestral heritage. Much of our appreciation of our culture and traditions is dependent on understanding the significance of the Irish language. Our music, our way of speaking the English language, our literature and poetry, our theater, our […]
The Irish Language
Ireland has its own language which Irish people refer to as "Irish". Many Americans call our language Gaelic, and it is a form of Gaelic. In this section we will discuss different topics relating to the Irish language, together with the Hiberno-English now spoken by most people living in Ireland.
Here’s an old Irish saying about potatoes…. Fataí a chuirtear sa mBealtaine, no nuair a labhras an chuach, bíonn siad mall. You can listen to the pronunciation on this sound file ….. Here’s the translation into English … Potatoes planted in May, or while the cuckoo sings, are late potatoes. If […]
Here’s an old Irish saying about potatoes …. “Prátaí ar maidin, Prátaí ar nóin, Is dá néireoinn san oíche Prátaí a gheobhainn.” You can listen to the pronunciation on this sound file ….. Here’s the translation into English … Potatoes in the morning, Potatoes at noon, And if I rise during the […]
This old Irish saying is evidence of how important potatoes were in Irish life centuries ago. Our old sayings even compared people to potatoes. “Duine de chinéal na bhfataí beaga, Duine gan suim.” You can listen to the pronunciation on this sound file ….. Here’s the translation into English … A person […]
Here’s an old saying in the Irish language about eating potatoes. Years ago boiled potatoes were served in their skins and placed in a heaping mound in the middle of the table for the family to pick from and eat their fill. The larger the family, the more difficult it was to get your hands […]