Cad é an focal…? Twitter account teaches the world the cúpla focal

17 Mar 2016

It’s St Patrick’s Day, and the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge. But it’s not the end of the Irish language. Just ask Twitter account The Irish For…

On St Patrick’s Day, the entire world is a little bit Irish. How great would it be, though, if the entire world could speak a little Irish. (Answer: it would be very great, if a little confusing.)

The bewilderingly over-a-fortnight-long Seachtain na Gaeilge goes some way towards spreading the Irish language, and towards reminding us all that behind hated lessons in the modh coinníollach, our mother tongue is actually quite beautiful.

But Seachtain na Gaeilge is just half a month long. The Irish For… runs year ‘round.

Lovingly curated by @Daracho, the account aims to imbue all of our lives with just a few more of the cúpla focal.

The account is informative, of course, but it’s also charming. This isn’t just ripping a page out of the Irish-English dictionary (you can get that from other accounts) – this has humour, gifs, occasional sass and, most importantly, passion.

Take a look at some of the account’s recent stellar tweets and embrace your Irish heritage, however tenuous.

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Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic