Seachtain na Gaeilge

Happy Saturday peeps!

So it is now Seachtain na Gaeilge and I wanted to write a bit about it. It actually translates as Irish language week but it lasts over two! I’ll be honest I wish I could speak fluent Irish and it is on my list. I’m happy we celebrate it because it keeps interest in the Irish language. My local area has an Irish secondary school and two primary schools. I would love if we spoke Irish more as country but unfortunately we don’t. Here is a short film called Yu Ming is ainm dom. It stars the late Frank Kelly who we know as Fr Jack Hacket from the hit TV show Father Ted.

Facts about SnaG and the Irish language

  • Irish, also known as Gaelic, is a Celtic language which comes from Old Irish. The Celtic languages are believed to have come from Common Celtic, which came from Indo-European itself.
  • According to the 2011 census in the 26 counties:
    • 1,774,437 people can speak Irish – 41% of the population
    • 77,185 people speak Irish daily (outside of the education system) – 1.8% of the population
    • 110,642 speak Irish weekly
    • 613,236 speak Irish less regularly
    • one in every four never speaks Irish
    • That’s 18.7% of the population speak Irish daily, weekly or less regularly
  • SnaG has been running since 1902 & so the brand name is widely recognised and understood across Ireland. With the festival growing from strength to strength in recent years, its duration has grown from a week to 2 weeks but without changing the name because of how recognised it is.
  • There are no words for “yes” or “no” in Irish. Some people use “Tá” or “Níl” but these would basically be slang and not grammatically correct.
  • Filmmaker Manchán Magan travelled around Ireland only speaking Irish. See how he got on:
  • The letters J,K,Q,V,W,X,Y&Z do not exist in the Irish alphabet. Box is ‘Bosca”, my real name begins with K but in Irish it is with a ‘C’. There are some rare exceptions. Zoo is “Zú” because ‘Sú’ means juice.
  • Also, the dash on top of the u is called a ‘Fada’ and all vowels can use them to denote longer pronunciation.
  • All surnames either have Ó or Ní in front of them (except for Mc names, they’re Mac). Males have Ó which means ‘son of’ and females have Ní which means ‘daughter of’. So for example if my name was Orla Murphy and my brother’s name was John Murphy, in Irish we would be Órlaith Ní Murchadha and Seán Ó Murchada.

Our local libraries teach Irish lessons for free so if it is something you are interested please check it out.

You can find out more info here:

Well that’s enough facts for now.

Some Irish lessons

So, because I have some international blogger friends I decided to share some sayings as gaeilge.

  • Hello = Dia dhuit (God be with you). You would answer back  ‘Dia is Muire dhuit’ (God and Mary be with you) This gets more complicated if you are talking to a group etc.
  • Conas atá tú= How are you?
  • Bré is ainm dom = My name is Bré
  • Tá mé go maith= I’m good.
  • Is maith liom ____ = I like _____
  • Slán = Goodbye
  • Céad míle fáilte romhat = A hundred thousand welcomes (how nice is that)
  • An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtií an leithreas = Can I go to the toilet (think that’s a mouthful? Try saying it in school every time you had to go ha)

Here is funny link to watch, not often we bring Irish abroad haha.

Well there you go guys, I hope you enjoyed. If there is anything you would like to know or ask me about please let me know 🙂



Bré x

P.S My name Bré is Irish for Bray, an Irish town in Wicklow 🙂






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