Archive of Irish dialect sound recordings
I just wanted to share this link. Here is the first paragraph on the website:
Welcome! This archive of Irish dialect sound recordings made during 1928-31 contains folktales, songs and other material recited by native Irish speakers from 17 counties. Crucially, it includes examples of dialects that are now extinct. The collection also includes a speech in English by W.T. Cosgrave, who was head of the Irish government that funded the recording scheme.
Thanks, now I just need to get far enough into the Irish tree for any of those recordings to be even close to intelligible.
Well good luck with that. I am fairly far and I can still only pick up a word here or there. I think you will need a lot more than this tree for Irish.
Actually I was pleasantly surprised at how recognizable the samples that I listened to from Kerry, Clare and Mayo were - the audio quality presents a much greater problem than the Irish itself, and I could barely follow the one example in English, so I was pleasantly surprised to be able to read along with the examples that I listened to.
I would have difficulty following along without the transcription, but it would be interesting to know what these might have sounded like if the recording technology had been better.
In case anyone is interested, I made a list of the number of recordings available by county - Donegal (85), Galway (68), Kerry (48) and Cork (45) provide over half (246) of the 395 recordings available - Louth (16) is the only county in Leinster that has any recordings available. There are recordings from 17 of the 32 counties, but Connacht is the only province that has recordings from all of it's counties.
You're correct in that, but have you tried Vifax? What I suggest doing is listening to the video clip, then reading the transcription. Then listen to it again, while reading. And then a third time without reading and see if you can pick up all the words. At first, don't worry about understanding meaning, just picking up the words. That'll help train your ear a lot.
Thank you! No I had not seen this site. Yes, I think it will be very helpful. I pick up almost no words without reading them but after a lot of listening and reading, I can pick up a few.