Take the trip to Ireland, it will work out

I’m here at the Milwaukee Irish Fest. To be honest, Sasa and I were talking for several years about attending an Irish fest for several years. It was going to be a big undertaking, a bit cost for a big unknown.

What if nobody there would be interested in learning to speak the language of their heritage? What if… well, it’s hard to come up with excuses now that we have done it. I’m sure I could have come up with a lot more excuses a month or two before taking the trip.

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Podcast 025: Songs and Music of the Isles, with David Wood

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David Wood is trained in classical music and song, but also has a passion for the traditional song and music of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. He shares with us his journey from loving Irish music, to learning to speak the Irish language.

Here’s a song of Mary Dillon, whom David mentions in the show:

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How do you reach out to other Irish language learners?


In several of our recent Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast episodes (like with Mara Berstein), our guests suggested the biggest thing in learning Irish is to reach out and find other learners.

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Podcast 024: Secret Dublin with Pól Ó Conghaile


Do you want to visit the more special, hidden parts of Dublin on your next trip to Ireland? Pól Ó Conghaile, a distinguished travel writer, shares three of his favorite spots in Dublin.

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How to overcome the stress of having so much ahead of you to learn

This is the decking, as we call it, at the back of our house. It took a long time to finish re-painting.

This is the decking, as we call it, at the back of our house. It took a long time to finish re-painting.

In the photo in this post, you’ll see what we call our “decking”. It’s a wodden platform at the back of our house in Limerick. In the photo, it’s still half-constructed, as one whole panel became detached.

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Is Emigration Still An Issue In Ireland?


Through the years, Ireland has been known for its emigration. What is the situation now? Our thanks go to Wedding Band Shop for the infographic and their great Irish rings. Continue reading

Podcast 023: Start something, with Dineen Grow


Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Dineen Grow has spent years helping others around her who also share her enthusiasm for speaking Irish Gaelic.

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Photo taster of Willie Clancy music week

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All-men scene in from of Lynch’s pub in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland.

The Willie Clancy Summer School is the place to come to learn to play traditional Irish music from today’s great players.

It’s held over a week. People travel from all over the world to be part of this event.

It takes place in a town call Miltown Malbay, or Sráid na Cathrach. The town is near the western Atlantic coast of Ireland.

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Podcast 022: Life in Medieval Ireland with Fin Dwyer

Ireland has been through some turbulent times, and the Irish language (Irish Gaelic) is not exception. Eoin is joined this week by Fin Dwyer of Irish History Podcast. Fin is an historian living in Dublin.

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Three little questions for you about this blog

img_0035-kerry-ireland[1]We at Bitesize Irish Gaelic are here to help you make a deeper connection with your Irish heritage. Continue reading