How to Speak Irish for St. Patrick’s Day: A Wee Introduction

When I visited Ireland a few years ago, I was in for a culture shock. It wasn’t the food (best darn sticky toffee pudding in the world), or the people (who are so very friendly that they’ll start up a conversation with you on the street or in a pub). It was the Irish language–“Irish Gaelic” to be precise.¬†

When you fly in to Ireland, notice right away that the pilot will speak over the intercom in Irish, in addition to English, as you are landing. In the airport parking lot, the license plates indicate the name of the county¬† of the car owner in both English and Irish. And the sign posts, well, they can be a bit confusing. Drive by too fast, and you’ll miss the information about your destination on the post!