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The degree to which Irish features in pilot schemes depends, to some extent, on the confidence of teachers to pronounce the language.

Where such confidence exists, Irish proves yet another way of underlining both the sense of participation in a common project and the distinctiveness of Irish culture.
 
Children often learn
 
   - the Lord’s Prayer in Irish;
   - to count from one to ten in Irish;
   - to find out the Irish equivalent of their first or second names; and
   - to observe simple notices in Irish posted around the school, such as ‘Entrance’, etc.

An excellent resource is An Chanáil by Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise, An Gum, no ISBN 

 

Written in Irish by a well-known author who illustrates her own books, this is a delightful tale about a young boy who lives by the side of a canal and looks at urban Dublin along the canal’s banks.

 

IiS has provided a translation.

 

Resources

An Chanáil Translation

Find your Name in Irish
Irish Pronunciation & Numbers
Irish Poem - 'Gathering Nuts'
Lord's Prayer in Irish

Notices - Around the School in Irish


Other free resources for speaking Irish

BBC NI Learning Irish

Irish Before You Know It (sophisticated flashcards)

Common Irish Phrases

Counting One to Ten in Irish


Phonetic pronunciation
Basic Irish - an exhaustive list in 77 parts

An Irish Lesson at Glendale Community College


Online dictionary

http://www.englishirishdictionary.com/dictionary (Bi-lingual; input words)


Good value commercial interactive product for speaking Irish
Talk Now! Learn Irish (Beginners), £5.99 at Amazon (UK

Buntús Foclóra: A Children’s Irish Picture Dictionary, Gill & Macmillan, 0-71712-601-3

(Irish only), £5.50 at Blackwell Online

 

'Gathering Nuts'

Suas agus síos
Suas agus síos
Isteach is
amach
Agus suas arís.
Ag bailiú síolta
Is cnónna crua.
Beidh fleá ar
ball
Ag an iora
bheag rua.

Up and down
Up and down
In and out
and
up again.
Collecting seeds
Gathering nuts
There will be a
feast
for the
little red squirrel.