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Top Resources For Irish Language Learning During School Closures

Hereunder are five top resources for Irish language learning during current school closures

For those of us who barely have the ‘cúpla focail’, supporting our child’s Gaeilge homework during this school closure period is daunting to say the least. Here are some resources that are sure to help with Irish language learning at home. So follow the links provided.

(1) www.focloir.ie

Focloir.ie (also available as an app) enables you to look up Irish words and phrases. What is even more helpful, however, is that Focloir.ie also provides the pronunciation of words across the main dialects. A full explanation of how to access the pronunciation of words and the various dialect options is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v22LgQM46Xw&list=PLn9HKh5DfabZeEgV2Yp0Yp26Vmd_tqNeq&index=1

Another lifesaving resource on Focloir.ie is its grammatical information on verbs, nouns, adjectives and prepositions. Simply point and click and everything you could possibly need explained is there. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s14QW_0dP_0&list=PLn9HKh5DfabZeEgV2Yp0Yp26Vmd_tqNeq&index=2

(2) www.teanglann.ie

Irish grammar has never had a reputation for being easy…until now! Among its many helpful features, www.teanglann.ie has a grammar wizard that combines nouns, prepositions and adjectives in accordance with the rules of Irish grammar. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b59ULi-li7c&list=PLn9HKh5DfabZeEgV2Yp0Yp26Vmd_tqNeq&index=4

(3) www.cula4.com

Listening to fluent Irish speakers is a learning objective listed in the new language curriculum for primary schools. Listening to fluent speakers is important in terms of developing one’s ear for understanding and speaking a language. During this school closure period, if your child does nothing else for Irish learning, let them watch Cúla4, TG4’s channel for children. If you visit the player online, you will also find a host of additional games and activities as Gaeilge.

(4) www.seideansi.ie/

Pupils of Irish-medium and Gaeltacht schools will most likely be familiar with Séideán Sí. It is a comprehensive, multimedia resource pack for teaching Irish, aimed specifically at schools where Irish is the language of instruction. An incredible resource, Séidean Sí has much to offer pupils of all ages and Irish language experience. Its online resources offer games, e-books and lots of fun with Gaeilge.

(5) TG Lurgan

TG Lurgan is a musical project launched by Coláiste Lurgan, an Irish language summer school based in Connemara. TG Lurgan has released numerous covers of popular hits and uses everyday phrases and colloquial language to make learning Irish fun and relevant.
Visit their YouTube channel on https://www.youtube.com/user/tglurgan


Country Music Star Kenny Rogers Dead At 81 Years

“If you’re gonna play the game boy, you gotta learn to play it right”
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers

Sadly, long-time country music star Mr Kenny Rogers, passed away last night; his death confirmed via a statement from his family.

Aged 81 years, Mr Rogers passed away peacefully at his residence in Sandy Springs, Fulton County, Georgia, U.S.A, of natural causes at 10:25 p.m.

The Internationally renowned performer will for ever be known for such songs as “Islands in the Stream,” “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” and “Lucille”.

In total, Mr Rogers had 24 No.1 hits and was the winner of six Country Music Association Awards and three Grammy Awards (Originally called Gramophone Awards). He made his first gold single at age 20, with a song called “That Crazy Feeling”.

Born in Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas; earlier in his career, Rogers sang with the New Christy Minstrels before leading the band “Kenny Rogers and The First Edition”. When ‘First Edition’ disbanded back in 1974, he then launched his enormously successful solo career.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2013, and received the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.


Former Thurles Ursuline Convent Student Jessie Buckley Sang “Glasgow” At Baftas 2020

A former secondary school boarder from the Ursuline Convent here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Ms Jessie Buckley, sang “Glasgow” at the ‘Baftas’, latter held on 2nd February 2020, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

It is not often that singers and their songs, nowadays at least, raise those aging little grey hairs on the back of my neck, but hey, see how this performance affects you?

Jessie Buckley singing “Glasgow” at the Baftas held on 2nd February 2020 in the Royal Albert Hall, London.

I think you will agree (and who knows, RTE please make note), maybe Ms Buckley would honour us greatly, by singing in the Eurovision Song Contest next year, representing Ireland of course; that is assuming there are still a few real song writers still in existence?

Each year the Baftas honour the best national and foreign films of 2019, and is presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Not surprisingly, the thirty-year-old, very beautiful, talented singer & actress, Ms Buckley, had been nominated for a BAFTA Award in her own right, for Best Actress, for her portrayal of ‘Rose-Lynn Harlan‘ in the film “Wild Rose”.

The film initially had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8th 2018 and was later released, to much acclaim, on April 12th 2019, by Entertainment One in the United Kingdom.

The ‘Wild Rose‘ film successfully attempts to tell the truth about what it means to be a struggling, yet aspiring Country Singer and a single mother of two, from the Glasgow region, who has been released from jail, after a twelve-month sentence for attempted drug smuggling. She learns that she has lost her job in the house band at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry, with the manager refusing to employ an ex-felon.

This is of course Ms Buckley’s second BAFTA nomination, having previously being shortlisted for the ‘Rising Star Award‘, lasts year, for her role in ‘Beast’.


Death Of Musical Genius Philip Donnelly, Co. Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 28th November 2019, of renowned guitarist & songwriter, Mr Philip Donnelly, Clonmel, South Co. Tipperary and formerly Clontarf, Dublin

Mr Donnelly passed away peacefully, while in the care of University Hospital, Waterford, surrounded by those who loved him.

Musical genius Mr Philip Donnelly, affectionately known as “The Clontarf Cowboy”, had, during his lifetime toured with household named singing artists like Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Townes Van Zandt, Donovan, Don Williams, Sara Dee, Ray Lynam, Clannad, Joe Ely, Kathy Mataya, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum to name but a few.

Philip co-wrote (With Sam Hogin and Roger Cook) Crystal Gayle’s number one wonderful hit song ‘Living in these Troubled Times’, latter released in August 1982, as the third single from the album Hollywood, Tennessee. The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

His gold discs included bass-baritone singer the late Don Williams(1939-2017) million selling album ‘I Believe in Love’, regarded as one of the biggest Country Singles of all time.

Mr Donnelly married artist Ms Jessica Roth in 1990. Miss Roth was also living in South Tipperary at that time and following the marriage they had a son together, before getting divorced. However, though separated, the family remained very good friends.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his brother Gerard; son Brian; grandson Matson; Jessica; Fiona; Aegina; Ciaran; Orla; extended relatives and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Donnelly will lie in repose at Stafford’s Funeral Home, No.60 North Strand Road, Dublin 3, on Monday evening next, December 2nd, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Removal will take place on Tuesday morning, December 3rd, to St. John the Baptist Church, No.15 Seafield Road, Clontarf east, Co. Dublin, arriving for 10:00am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in St. Colmcille’s Cemetery, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Alice O’Brien, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great personal sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 18th November 2019, of Mrs Alice O’Brien (née Quinn), “Caragh”, Brittas Road (N62), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs O’Brien, a dedicated and much loved, retired primary school teacher, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family.

During a life dedicated to education, Mrs O’Brien remained a champion of each and every pupil who passed through her classroom; always striving to ensure that the pupils she cared for, achieved their fullest potential. Her pupils will always remember her for her love of music and her fervent support of the Arts, here in Thurles town. Indeed, her passing will be sorely missed by the Thurles Community.

Predeceased by her son Micheál; her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband and best friend Antóin; son Jim; daughter Edel; daughter-in-law Carol; son-in-law Ger; sister Mary (Guilfoyle); brother-in-law Joe; adored grandchildren, Michele, Andrew, Kevin, Sarah, Oisín, Conall and Aoileann; best friend Helen; niece; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends and neighbours.

Codladh sámh i mbaclaínn na n-aingeal di agus Micheál taobh léi.
(May she sleep peacefully in the hands of the angels and with Micheál beside her).

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs O’Brien will lie in repose at her home on Thursday, November 21st, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles for 8:30pm,
Requiem Mass will be held on Friday morning, November 22nd, at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.