If you've ever made an Irish road trip you will be familiar with bi-lingual road signs like these. You might even have tried to pronounce the Irish names, sounding out the syllables phonetically, just like my 8 year old self marvelling at "Sio-ban" as an exotic Irish girl's name and being perplexed at learning that Siobhan was pronounced "Shivawn."
I must admit I greatly enjoyed reading Charlie Connelly's book, "Our Man in Hibernia", telling his story of not only moving to Ireland and being determined to learn the language of his ancestors, but also re-appraising what he thought he knew about their story of emigration to England as he hunted for his roots.
Maybe we should all take the time to learn a few words as for some branches of our tree this may have been the language they used every day. Therefore, I was interested in a recent post on the Irish Genealogical Research Society's Facebook page alerting me to a free online Irish Language and Culture course offered by Dublin City University, which I might have a go at as, according to the syllabus, you learn some good curses!