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Irish language

While English has become the dominant language in Ireland, Irish Gaelic remains a cherished part of the nation's heritage. The status of Irish Gaelic as an official language is enshrined in the constitution of Ireland, alongside English. Despite its declining usage, many still speak it today, recognising its significance as a form of expression and connection to our roots.

Similar to music and dance, language serves as a conduit for sharing feelings, stories, and opinions, fostering a sense of community and identity. From casual conversations about the weather to discussions on complex political ideas, Irish Gaelic enables us to connect with our heritage on a profound level.

Organisations like Comhaltas play a crucial role in promoting the use of Irish Gaelic, advocating for its preservation to ensure that future generations remain connected to their cultural identity. They recognize that language is the most vulnerable aspect of culture, facing the threat of extinction in modern society. When a language dies out, a vital part of history and culture is lost forever.

By preserving Irish Gaelic, we safeguard not only a linguistic heritage but also a profound connection to our past, ensuring that the stories and traditions of our ancestors continue to resonate through the ages.

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Here are some simple phrases to get you started on your journey on learning. 

Welcome - Fáilte- pronounced Fawl-chuh

Good morning - Maidin mhaith - MA-jin wah (van or why at the end depending on dialect) 

Hello/ Greetings - Dia duit - Dee-ah gwit

Goodbye - Slán - Slawn-che

Yes - Tá - Taw

No - Níl - Neev (Nee-av)

How are you? - Conas atá tú? - Kun-ass a-taw?

Thank you - Go raibh maith agat - Gah rat mat agat


I'm sorry - Tá brón orm - Taw bro-in orr-um


Get in contact with your local branch if you want to continue. 

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