Gaeltacht is the Irish language word for an Irish/Gaelic speaking region. The Gaeltacht areas are small rural pockets of Ireland where the Irish language (Gaeilge) is the first language of those that live here and is widely used. In the Gaeltacht schools Irish is the language of learning for all the subjects studied.
Many of the Gaeltacht regions are located on the western seaboard of Ireland where Irish culture and traditions are kept very strong. Our local Gaeltacht region is Muscraí (Muskerry) which comprises of the villages of Beal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, Cúil Aodh, Baile Mhúirne and Cill na Martra all situated West of Macroom town.
Gúgán Barra (Gougane Barra) is part of this Gaeltacht, and, it is here in 1904 that the Irish teaching college, Coláiste na Mumhan was formed to teach adults the Irish language.
'We have a new meeting room in the hotel and are planning Conversational Irish Language Classes mixed with some Irish ballad singing, as we love the language, and want people to enjoy being able to speak a few words and have fun while doing so.'
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|Gaeilge ||English ||How to pronounce it |
|Dia Dhuit ||Good Day ||Deea gwich |
|Conas atá tú? ||How are you? ||Co-ness a taw too |
|Tá mé go maith ||I am well ||Taw may guh mah |
|Ceart go leor ||Alright ||Kart guh lore |
|Cad is ainm duit? ||What’s your name? ||Cod iss annim dit? |
|____ is ainm dom ||My name is ____ ||____ iss annim dum |
|Le do Thoil ||Please ||Le doh hull |
|Caife le do thoil ||Coffee please ||Coffey le doh hull |
|Go raibh maith agat ||Thank you ||Gur-uv ma uh-gut |
|Tóg go bog é ||Take it easy ||Togue guh bug aye |
|Sláinte ||Cheers ||Slaun te |
|Maith thú ||Well Done/good for you ||Mah who |
|Póg mo Thóin! ||Kiss my ass ||Pogue muh hone |
|Go néirí an bóthar leat ||Best of luck ||Guh nyri un bohar lat |
|Slán ||Good bye ||Slawn |