Love of Irish
Irish: Just a bit of Craic.
For the love of Irish … Grá na Gaeilge
It has been said that each word is a reflection of the people who created it. There are more than 4,400 words in the Irish language used to describe people. What does that say about the Irish? It says that we are a judgemental bunch that have always liked to label people, and we’ve clearly found numerous and imaginative ways of doing it!
If someone is a unruly or acting outside of socially acceptable behaviour, they may be described as a feillbhithiúnach (scoundrel) or an amhosóir (hooligan). If your levels of hygiene leave much to be desired you might be described as a guta (filthy creature). Some of our words have even made it into the English language such as “slíbhín” (sly person.)
While these may seem humorous to those of us used to speaking with far less of such descriptive words, unfortunately, some of these words (be they negative or positive) are at risk of dying out. Manchán Magan (travel writer for the Irish Times) has come up with an initiative called ‘Gaeilge Tamagotchi’. This initiative involves volunteers being assigned to a particular word to nurture and bring back to life. It’s a fantastic initiative which will allow some forgotten words in Irish to be revived.
If you are capable of adopting the likes of “A stóirín mhín” (gentle sweetheart) or “flabaid” (flabby faced person) then come along to take part. Not only will you be doing your part to save the richness and diversity of the irish language; you’re bound to have some fun doing it!
Don’t be a bruithleachán and come to support!
Words will be assigned at the Project Arts Centre Dublin between 9th and 12th of September from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.