CURRENT ISSUE:  OCTOBER 2023

Speak Irish: More Seanfhocail

By Bob Carney “If you’re gonna stand there and moo, you’d better give milk!” I remember my grandfather saying that to me when I was young. I was complaining about […]

Speak Irish: Scél Lemm Dúib

Nollaig shona daoibh means Merry Christmas you all

Explore the ancient Irish perspective on winter through the poetry of Finn MacCumhaill, a legendary figure in Irish mythology. Uncover the sentiments of the eighth or ninth century expressed in the Old Irish poem “Scél Lemm Dúib” and delve into the nuances of its translation. Join the journey back in time to understand the seasonal complaints and observations of days gone by.

Speak Irish: Tús Maith – A Good Start

“I ndiaidh a chéile a thógtar na caisleán!” “Stone by stone builds the castle!”

Explore the foundations of Irish language with Bob Carney’s “Speak Irish: Tús Maith – A Good Start.” From essential vocabulary and verb tenses to sentence structures and weather expressions, this lesson offers a comprehensive guide for beginners. Embrace the building blocks of communication in Irish and enhance your conversational skills.

Éasca Péasca (Easy Peasy) Student Stories: The Lady of the Dance

In “The Lady of the Dance,” Shauna Meehan shares her remarkable journey through Irish dancing. Starting as a young dancer, she embraced the art form and continued for 15 years. Her story reveals how Irish dancing became an integral part of her identity, connecting her to her Irish heritage, and bridging the gap between her American upbringing and Irish roots. Shauna’s passion for Irish dancing led her to the world championships and became a lifestyle. Her dedication and practice paid off with championship titles, making her proud to continue dancing.

Speak Irish: Dobhar Chú

Bob Carney explores Irish mythology, connecting it to Lake Erie’s legendary creature, “Bessie.” This cryptid is believed to be a descendant of the Plesiosaur and is often associated with a dog-like head. Carney delves into the rich world of Irish folklore and the Dobhar Chú, a water hound known for its aggressive nature. He also provides linguistic insights into various animal names in the Irish language.

Speak Irish: Féasta Foclóir

By Bob Carney In spite of a rough start this summer, we managed to make it to quite a few of the festivals already this year. We’ve enjoyed some great […]

Speak Irish: The Blind Man’s Vision

By Bob Carney I’ve been relistening to a series of lectures by Professor Marc C. Conner from Washington and Lee University, collectively titled “The Irish Identity, Independence, History and Literature.” […]