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The Basque woman five seats down from me was in awe. The stadium was packed. Over 50,000 souls had taken over the place and turned it red. It was only a ‘friendly’, but the supporters of the ‘home’ team cheered every pass and move with a gusto which was totally out of kilter with the importance of the occasion.

“Why does everyone in Ireland support Liverpool?” she asked me at half-time. “Do you not support your own teams?”

In the city of Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians, and St Patrick’s Athletic, she was shocked to see so many Dubliners come out to support a team from the old colonial power.


READ ON: Our Divided Tribal Loyalties (Ciaran Tierney Blogspot)


This could change gach rud…

The State Examinations Commission is investigating what appears to have been a security breach during the leaving Certificate Irish Higher Level Paper 2.

The exam took place this morning.

Shortly after the exam began the paper was posted on a Facebook forum used by teachers of Irish.

More than 3,000 people are members of the group.

It is closed to other Facebook users, but people can share the information contained in it with others.

Mór as we get it.

Inquiry into potential LC exam security breach (RTÉ)


Ensemble Ériutrad revivalists tour second LP

What you may need to know…

01. Seven-piece outfit Ensemble Ériu are among a brace of bands and artists taking a modern approach to Irish traditional music.

02. Second album Imbas (an Old Irish word that is used to describe inspiration or creativity) follows their eponymous 2013 debut, and released this past June on Ensemble Music/Raelach Records. It’s streaming and available for download here.

03. Streaming above is video footage of some of their 2014 set in Coughlan’s of Douglas Street, Cork, taken by Meade Films.

04. Playing next in the wilds of the wild West, Connolly’s of Leap, this Friday. Doors 8pm, tickets €10. Next Wednesday seems them at An Lab, in An Daingean; Thursday week at Belvedere House in Dublin; and Friday week in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow.

Verdict: Bringing a wide range of contemporary ideas to the trad oeuvre, taking in jazz and ambient elements, the Ensemble are among the forefront of the genre’s revival.

Ensemble Ériu

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Conor writes:

I saw this sign on the way home yesterday by Trinity (and the glorious Luas works). Was really glad to see the Gaeilgóir community helping Dublin City Council out by finishing the word “seo” off. Gaeilge beo!


Donal Quinn writes:

I know you dont normally do this but myself and some other Irish expats in Barcelona are looking to rebuild the Irish community here – it was hit hard by the crisis – and we were hoping you could give us a plug.

We’ve setup Irish In Barcelona. Its a simple email signup and we promise never to send more than four emails a year. We could do something more sophisticated but we hope that by keeping it low impact we will get a broad range of people signing up.

The newsletters will contain info about every Irish related event on in the city – business, social, sporting, cultural – the lot. It’s been up just over a week now and we have a slow but steady rate of signups. If you know anyone interested then please spread the word!

Irish In Barcelona

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ImléFún Orm

Here’s what you may need to know…

01. Decent Irish(-language) hip-hop brought to you by Imlé, a Gaelgeoir collective of musicians and creatives led by Raidió na Life/Wild Promises man Cian MacCárthaigh, and flanked by numerous guests and collaborators, including, on this track, Gaelgeoir wordsmith MC Muipéad.

02. Part of a resurgence of the mother tongue in Irish independent/contemporary music, it seems: as well as appearing on The Gloaming‘s reconstructed versions of trad standards, an Gaeilge can be heard these days in the works of bands like West Cork black-metallers Corr Mhóna, as well as via various compilation/rearrangement projects over the past few years.

03. Imlé formally kicked off last May at Féile na Bealtaine, and swiftly followed up with the launch of their debut single Pádraig. They’ve since appeared at Electric Picnic’s Puball Gaeilge stage. Not just dealing in hip-hop, either, as you may gather from listening to Pádraig, their work explores the contemporary music landscape.

04. 2016 looks to be a busy year for the boys, as they launch their debut full-length later this year, via Irish-language gatekeepers Gael Linn. Production comes from The Frames/Ham Sandwich desk-man Karl Odlum.

Verdict: Ceol den scoth. More contemporary music as Gaeilge, please (suggestions are more than welcome in the comments), and ways to put it into the curriculum, while we’re at it.