Irish TV, Radio, Podcasts and YouTube!
This discussion is designed to be a convenient list of links that you can use to immerse yourself in Irish. There may not be many links right now, but this will continue to grow. If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments.
- TG4: Ireland's national Irish-language channel. Shows available free on the TG4 Player. Notable shows:
- One Minute Irish
- An Saol ó Dheas
- (More Podcasts need to be added!)
- TG Lurgan: Music covers (as Gaeilge) and Irish video lessons. Notable videos:
- Clisare: Videos using casual Irish. Notable videos:
So, like I said, this list is far from extensive, but will continue to grow, so you can immerse yourself further. Enjoy!
Raidió agus Podchraoltaí:
- Raidió na Gaeltachta - current affairs, chat, Irish music
- Raidió na Life - pop, chat, Irish music
- Raidió Fáilte - chat, Irish music
- Raidió Rí-Rá - pop
- Latest Podcasts - all of RnaG's podcasts
This is part of the TG4 archives. It has a lot of the best known sean-nós songs, with lyrics and video in most cases.
C.U. Burn - A very good comedy series in Donegal Irish, but don't let that scare you. There's a few videos all over Youtube.
For the more advanced learners, the Doegen Records are a great resource to listen to Irish folklore and some old songs. These were recorded from 1928 to 1932, so they contain a few dialects that have since died. Each recording is transcribed and translated into English.
The Folklore Collection was largely collected in the 1930s from schools. School children were asked to collect all sorts of information from the older generations such as old cures and folklore. While most of it is in English, there are quite a few written in the pre-caighdeán Irish spelling and script, so it might be difficult for beginners.
Other Learning Resources
I have been using TG4.ie for listening and watching Irish. But now that I have (still) problems with understanding Irish that well, I need subtitles. As far as my eolas is, Rós na Rún and Saol faoi Shráid do have subtitles as Gaeilge. Does anybody know which shows do also have subtitles as Gaeilge? Go raibh maith agaibh already!
Any chance this thread could be stickied? I think it has some valuable links worth keeping handy at the top.
Thanks again for the links. Now I'm watching Igam Ogam on TG4 .. really cute young kid's show and slow enough speaking I can hear the pronunciations well. No subtitles but that's ok because I don't want to keep leaning on my English.
I would also like to extend a public go raibh mhaith agat to Patricia Fitzgerald, the Executive Librarian at Clare County Library. I contacted her by email asking for suggestions for books to read that would help me learn and she replied with a link to Irish books. Lots of good children's books to help with learning and adult books as I move along in ability.
Irish books http://www.futafata.ie/
I always count on librarians when I'm in need .. they seem to have the answer for everything!
I listen to the Motherfoclóir podcast (https://www.headstuff.org/motherfocloir/) pretty regularly and I really enjoy it. It isn't in Irish, but it discusses topics related to the Irish language and sometimes goes into etymology or usage. While it probably wouldn't be useful for immersion purposes, I find it to be a fun way to learn more about the language.
Turas Teanga 20 tv programs broadcast originally on RTE , the dialogues are acted out--this is very helpful, as three conversations are given, one each with Munster, Connacht, and Ulster accents (and dialectal usages once in a while) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihuiBY3nOgE&t=54s