An Gorta Mór

A pivotal moment If we look back in history and try to comprehend why so many Irish residents emigratedin Canada in the second half of nineteen century, we have to understand thedevastating consequences of the “Gorta Mór”, the Great Famine. It started in 1845 andlasted up to 1849. During these unquestionably trying times, everyone affectedContinue reading “An Gorta Mór”


Is minic (often) a rinne (made) bromach (colt) gioblach (ragged) capall (horse) cumasach (talented). (Many a ragged colt made a noble horse.) We use “capall” for one horse and “capaill” for more than one. Is maith leat capaill. (You like horses.) An equivalent proverb in English would be : “Do not judge by appearance, aContinue reading “Seanfhocal”

Why are you learning Irish?

Cén fath a bhfuil tú ag foghlaim Gaeilge? Writings and thoughts from learners of Gaeilge. For the most part, this is their work without corrections and the Gaeilge may have errors. But it answers the most common question that we get in Nova Scotia: Why are you learning Irish? Rose Naomi O’Brey I am hopingContinue reading “Why are you learning Irish?”